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RADM Herbert Emery Schonland

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RADM Herbert Emery Schonland

  • Birth 7 Sep 1900 Portland, Cumberland County, Maine, USA
  • Death 13 Nov 1984 New London, New London County, Connecticut, USA
  • Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
  • Plot Section 7A, Site 168
  • Memorial ID 9156

World War II Medal of Honor Recipient. He was one of the first Medal of Honor recipients of World War II. In 1925, he graduated from the Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland. He helped start the Navy's first damage control schools in Philadelphia and San Francisco. On January 1, 1947, he retired with a medical disability of an eye injury suffered in combat. The Surface Warfare Officers Damage Control School at the naval base in Newport, Rhode Island has a hall that was named in honor of Admiral Schonland. After retirement, he taught for several years at the University of Santa Clara and was principal of the Drew School in San Francisco before moving in 1958 to New London, Connecticut. 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.”

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  • Added: 16 Apr 2000
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