RADM Charles Purcell Cecil

RADM Charles Purcell Cecil

Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Death 31 Jul 1944 (aged 50)
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 8 Lot 3428
Memorial ID 47201102 · View Source
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Memorial plaque in church sanctuary, burial in Arlington National Cemetery. Commissioned from Annapolis in 1916. Served aboard the Yankton in escort duty during World War I. Aide to Commandant Sixth Naval District 1922-1924. Aide to Commander Battleship Divisions Three and Four 1929-1930. Commanding Officer of the Greer September 1935-February 1936 and the destroyer Cummings 1936-1938. Commander of Destroyer Division Eleven then Destroyer Squadron Five June 1941-October 1942. Commanding Officer of the Helena when it was sunk in the Kula Gulf on July 6, 1943. Commander of a unit of the Seventh Fleet Amphibious Force 1943-1944. Rear Admiral in June 1944. Killed along with 18 others in the crash of a Navy transport plane while taking off from an island in the Pacific on July 31, 1944. Decorations included two Navy Crosses and the Bronze Star. Rear Admiral Charles P. Cecil, 50, holder of a Navy Cross with Gold Star (i.e., two crosses), died when an airplane in which he was riding crashed at a Pacific base. He was the ninth flag officer (plus one general officer of the Marines) lost by the Navy in operations or action in World War II.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for RADM Charles Purcell Cecil (4 Sep 1893–31 Jul 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 47201102, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Russ Jacobs (contributor 46633397) .