Middleport in Meigs County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Rear Admiral William W. Outerbridge
Middleport native William Outerbridge (1906-1986) initiated the first shots of American involvement in World War II at 6:37 a.m. prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Outerbridge was commander of the destroyer USS Ward, which engaged and attacked a Japanese midget submarine as it attempted to slip into Pearl Harbor at Hawaii. He reported the action and the sinking of the submarine before the attack by Japan. In 2005, the submarine was found and the shell holes in the coning tower confirmed Outerbridge's report. During WWII he went on to command the USS O'Brien, which served in support of the Normandy D-Day Landings on the beaches and at the port of Cherbourg. He then served in the Pacific theater until the end of the war supporting American efforts to take back islands from the Japanese. He later commanded the cruiser USS Los Angeles.
Erected 2009 by Middleport High School Class of 1957, Citizens of Middleport, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 21-53.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 39° 0.206′ N, 82° 2.803′ W. Marker is in Middleport, Ohio, in Meigs County Click for map. Marker is adjacent to the Ohio River boat access ramp. Marker is in this post office area: Middleport OH 45760, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Major John B. Downing (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Ohio River / Historic Middleport (about 700 feet away); Middleport Medal of Honor Recipients (approx. 0.2 miles away); General James V. Hartinger (approx. ¼ mile away); Rear Admiral Arthur Clark (approx. 0.3 miles away); Morgan's Raid Route / Meigs County Courthouse (approx. 1.8 miles away); Spanish Cannon (approx. 1.8 miles away); Meigs County Civil War Memorial (approx. 1.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Middleport.
Also see . . .
1. Outerbridge Remarks during Congressional Investigation of Pearl Harbor Attack.
2. Outerbridge's Navy Cross Citation.
3. Outerbridge Bio.
4. History of the USS Ward, DD-139.
Mr. Outerbridge was my science teacher at Gulf Stream School in Delray Beach, Florida in the early 1970s. He was an excellent teacher and a fine man and we all cheered when he went on national television in New York to talk about Pearl Harbor when the movie "Tora Tora Tora" was released. My regret is that I never visited him in later years when he had moved to Tifton, Georgia to headmaster an academy there. Once I was grown he could have taught me so much and I would have appreciated it more than I did as a middle schooler. Thanks Mr. O!
Categories. • 20th Century • Heroes • Military • Notable Persons • Patriots & Patriotism • War, World II • Waterways & Vessels •
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