Hyman George Rickover

Hyman George Rickover

Maków Mazowiecki, Mazowieckie, Poland
Death 8 Jul 1986 (aged 86)
Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 5, Grave 7000
Memorial ID 8496952 · View Source
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United States Navy Admiral. Called the "Father of the Nuclear Navy", he developed the World's first nuclear powered submarine-the "USS Nautilus" (SSN-571), and led the transition of the United States Navy into the Nuclear Age. Born in what was then Makow in the Russia Empire (now Maków Mazowiecki, Poland), he moved to the United States with his parents when he was six years old. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland in 1922, and later attended Columbia University where he earned a masters in Electrical Engineering. During his naval career he was assigned to and served in duties, including commanding the "Lapwing"-class minesweeper "USS Finch" (AM-9), serving as head of the Electrical Section of the Bureau of Ships, and as commanding officer of the Naval Repair Base in Okinawa, Japan. He was assigned to the Atomic Energy Commission laboratory in 1946 where developed the "USS Nautilus", which began underway sea patrols in 1955. Eventually rising to the rank of full-Admiral, he was awarded many military honors and medals, including Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Navy Commendation Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal. In recognition of his service during wartime, he was named Honorary Commander of the Military Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. He was the only person ever to be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for exceptional public service twice. He also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest non-military honor. The "Los Angeles"-class submarine "USS Hyman G. Rickover" (SSN-709) was named for him. He died July 8, 1986 and was buried with full honors at Arlington National Cemetery.

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"Father of the Nuclear Navy"
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