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Herbert Emery Schonland
Birth: Sep. 7, 1900
Death: Nov. 13, 1984

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. A 1925 graduate of the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, he served during World War II on board the heavy cruiser "USS San Francisco" with the rank of Coomadern. he was awarded the CMOH for his bravery at Savo Island during the November 12 to 13, 1943 Battle of Guadalcanal. His citation reads "For extreme heroism and courage above and beyond the call of duty as damage control officer of the U.S.S. San Francisco in action against greatly superior enemy forces in the battle off Savo Island, 12-13 November 1942. In the same violent night engagement in which all of his superior officers were killed or wounded, Lt. Comdr. Schonland was fighting valiantly to free the San Francisco of large quantities of water flooding the second deck compartments through numerous shell holes caused by enemy fire. Upon being informed that he was commanding officer, he ascertained that the conning of the ship was being efficiently handled, then directed the officer who had taken over that task to continue while he himself resumed the vitally important work of maintaining the stability of the ship. In water waist deep, he carried on his efforts in darkness illuminated only by hand lanterns until water in flooded compartments had been drained or pumped off and watertight integrity had again been restored to the San Francisco. His great personal valor and gallant devotion to duty at great peril to his own life were instrumental in bringing his ship back to port under her own power, saved to fight again in the service of her country". He eventually rose to the rank of Rear Admiral before retiring on January 1, 1947. On September 18, 1985 the the Damage Control Training Facility at the War College in Newport, Rhode Island was named Schonland Hall in his honor. 
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 7A, Site 168, Map Grid T/U 23.5
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Record added: Apr 17, 2000
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