RADM Robert Henry English

RADM Robert Henry English

Birth
Warrenton, Warren County, Georgia, USA
Death 21 Jan 1943 (aged 55)
Boonville, Mendocino County, California, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 8, Site 5118
Memorial ID 22384414 · View Source
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Rear Admiral (COMSUBPAC)
Commander, U.S. Submarines, Pacific Fleet;
Captain of the Cruiser, USS Helena (CL-50) on Dec. 7, 1941;
Navy Cross, Distinguished Service Medal

Pan American Flight Airways / Flight 62100 a Martin M-130 Flying Boat "Philippine Clipper" NC14715 with a crew of 9 and 10 passengers departed Oahu Hawaii to San Francisco at 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 20 and arrived off the coast of San Francisco about 6:50 a.m. the next morning.

Last communication with Pan Am's Treasure Island Base was at 7:22 a.m. It went missing for over a week. The Clipper had crashed and was located on January 30 about 7 miles south-southwest of Ukiah, 90 miles north of San Francisco and 22 miles inland from the Pacific coast, all on board perished. The accident was blamed on human error.

Ironically, the Clipper had survived the Japanese Attack on Wake Island on December 7, 1941; with over 60 bullet holes in her, she evacuated 60 passengers later that day from Wake Island to Hawaii.

Citation for his Navy Cross with Gold Star:
1. The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Commander Robert Henry English (NSN: 0-7724), United States Navy, for distinguished service as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. 0-4, engaged in the important, exacting and hazardous duty of patrolling the waters infested by enemy submarines, destroyers and mines, protecting vitally important convoys of troops and supplies and in offensive and defensive action, vigorously and unremittingly prosecuted against all forms of enemy naval activity during World War I.
2. The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Commander Robert Henry English (NSN: 0-7724), United States Navy, for his heroic conduct upon the occasion of the explosion on the U.S.S. 0-5. At the risk of his own life Lieutenant Commander English entered the after battery compartment, which was filled with smoke and debris from the exploding batteries, and rescued Lieutenant Commander G. A. Trever, U.S.N., from being burned to death.

Citation for his Distinguished Service Medal, awarded posthumously:
"For exceptionally meritorious service as Commander, Submarines Pacific Fleet. In that position of great responsibility, Rear Admiral English directed the operations of his command with marked skill and resourcefulness, as a result of which heavy damage was inflicted on enemy ships and shipping. His example of tenacity and devotion to duty was in large part responsible for the high degree of combat efficiency attained by his command."



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  • Maintained by: Meg Monthan
  • Originally Created by: Lionel Alva, Jr.
  • Added: 22 Oct 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 22384414
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for RADM Robert Henry English (16 Jan 1888–21 Jan 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 22384414, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Meg Monthan (contributor 47105523) .