"Take Her Down" These immortal words were uttered by Cdr Howard Gilmore. He commanded the USS Growler on her fateful encounter with a Japanese gunboat. You can find the full story here.
Cdr Gilmore was the first of six US commanders in the Silent Service who received the Medal OF Honor during WW II.
Below you will see a picture of the bow of the USS Growler after she rammed the Japanese gunboat at 17 knots. This picture was taken after she arrived back in Brisbane. There is a very good re-enactment of this encounter in the movie called "Operation Pacific" starring John Wayne.