Adm Charles Purcell Cecil
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Adm Charles Purcell Cecil

Birth
Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Death 31 Jul 1944 (aged 39)
Funafuti, Tuvalu
Cenotaph Flat Rock, Henderson County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 93600008 · View Source
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US Navy/Rear Admiral
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.

CECIL, CHARLES P
REAR ADM US NAVY
DATE OF BIRTH: 09/04/1893
DATE OF DEATH: 07/04/1947
BURIED AT: SECTION 8 SITE 3428
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY


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  • Created by: JAMES E.SNYDER
  • Added: 14 Jul 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 93600008
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Adm Charles Purcell Cecil (4 Sep 1904–31 Jul 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 93600008, citing Saint John In the Wilderness Cemetery, Flat Rock, Henderson County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by JAMES E.SNYDER (contributor 47214013) .