Dudley Walker Morton
July 17, 1907 - October 11, 1943
Walker Morton was born in Owensboro, Kentucky on
July 17, 1907 to Mr. and Mrs. William Dix Morton.
He attended the Miami High School, Miami, Florida
and entered the U.S. Naval Academy as a Midshipman
from the Fourth Florida District in 1926.
He was on the Varsity Football Team and Varsity
Wrestling Squad all four years and was variously
called "Mush", "Mushmouth" and "Dud" by his classmates.
Graduated and commissioned Ensign on June 5, 1930,
he subsequently advanced to the rank of Commander.
After graduation he was ordered to the USS SARATOGA
for passage to the West Coast where he had duty
in connection with the fitting out of the USS CHICAGO
at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard. He served
in her from ship's commissioning on March 9, 1931
until June, 1933 when he reported to the Submarine
Base, New London, Connecticut for instruction.
Upon completion of that course in December, 1933
he was ordered to the Asiatic Station where he served
in the USS CANOPUS and later in the USS S-37, flagship
of Submarine Division Ten until January 1937.
He returned to the United States via Europe and
Siberia and was stationed in the Navy Yard, Philadelphia
from February 1937 until May 1939 when he joined
USS FAIRFAX and served as her Executive Officer
until June, 1940. He next refitted the USS
R-5 and commanded her until April, 1942. He
was attached to the Submarine Base, New London,
Connecticut in May and in June 1942 was ordered
to Submarine Squadron Four for duty as a Prospective
Commanding Officer. Ordered to the USS WAHOO,
he joined her on November 2, 1942. Following
participation in her Second War Patrol, he assumed
command on December 31, 1942. Following four
war patrols as Commanding Officer of the WAHOO he
was reported Missing In Action when that submarine
was reported overdue and presumed to be lost on
November 1, 1943 in the Sea of Japan, Asiatic Area.
He was later declared dead, presumptive January
Commander Morton was awarded the Navy Cross, three
Gold Stars in lieu of a second, third and fourth
Navy Cross and the Army Distinguished Service Cross.
In addition to these decorations, Commander Morton
received the American Defense Service Medal, Fleet
Clasp; the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal; and was
entitled to the World War II Victory Medal; and
the Purple Heart Medal. The Navy officially
credited him as the second highest scoring submarine
commander of World War II (tied with Captain Slade
Commander Morton was survived by his wife Harriet
and their two children, Douglas N. Morton and Edwina