Life aboard the USS Growler was hectic:“We had got one ship troop convoy and a few nites [sic] later met a Jap gunboat at close quarters - very dark nite [sic] - he turned to ram us - we rammed him first - sub was badly crippled. He opened up on us with deck guns and killed most of our bridge watch that included Captain Howard Gilmore (New Orleans). He was instantly killed. Got two men below who were very seriously wounded. One had his leg blown off - the other lost his arm below his right elbow. We submerged but we had bullet holes in the conning tower which nearly flooded us out - it caused us to lose all auxilliary [sic] power and started an electrical fire. We staid [sic] down for 20 minutes and then made a ‘battle surface’ (bob up and man all the guns) and found the gunboat had sunk.