Scott, Norman Nicholas, RADM

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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Primary NEC
00X-Unknown NOC/Designator
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1942-1942, USS Atlanta (CL-51)
Service Years
1907 - 1942
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
USS Atlanta (CL-51)
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
Manila, Philippines; name is listed on the Tablets of the Missing.

Casualty Date
Nov 13, 1942
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Buried at Sea, Pacific Ocean
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(memorial marker)

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While aboard the light cruiser USS Atlanta off the coast of Guadalcanal, Admiral Scott directed his ships to intercept a Japanese bombardment force comprising two battleships, a light cruiser, and six destroyers steaming toward Guadalcanal to shell Henderson Field. As two Japanese destroyers crossed Atlanta's line of fire, an enemy torpedo punched into Atlanta's forward engine room causing an interruption of her gunfire. Shortly thereafter, the Atlanta reeled under the impact of a flurry of nineteen 8-inch hits from the American heavy cruiser San Francisco. Due to the urgency of battle, darkness, and confused intermingling of friendly and enemy warships, the San Francisco had accidentally fired into her. Fragments from the impact of these projectiles killed many men including Rear Admiral Scott. Because of his extraordinary heroism during this action, Admiral Scott was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

Service number: 007749

Medal of Honor
Awarded for Actions During World War II
Service: Navy
Division: U.S.S. Atlanta (CL-51)
Citation: The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Rear Admiral Norman Scott (NSN: 0-7749), United States Navy-

"For extraordinary heroism and conspicuous intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty during action against enemy Japanese forces off Savo Island on the night of 11 - 12 October and again on the night of 12 - 13 November 1942. In the earlier action, intercepting a Japanese Task Force intent upon storming our island positions and landing reinforcements at Guadalcanal, Rear Admiral Scott, with courageous skill and superb coordination of the units under his command, destroyed eight hostile vessels and put the others to flight. Again challenged, a month later, by the return of a stubborn and persistent foe, he led his force into a desperate battle against tremendous odds, directing close-range operations against the invading enemy until he himself was killed in the furious bombardment by their superior firepower. On each of these occasions his dauntless initiative, inspiring leadership and judicious foresight in a crisis of grave responsibility contributed decisively to the rout of a powerful invasion fleet and to the consequent frustration of a formidable Japanese offensive. He gallantly gave his life in the service of his country."

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From: Laura L. Campbell posted by Short, Diane (TWS Admin) (Ruth, Harding), SA 5928  
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyNAVSTA Pearl Harbor, HINavy Recruiting District St. Louis, MO, Commander Naval Recruiting Command (CNRC)Naval Attache/Asst Naval Attache, CNO - OPNAV
  1911-1913, USS Idaho (BB-24)
  1913-1913, USS Jenkins (DD-42)
  1914-1916, USS Ammen (DD-35)
  1916-1917, USS Jacob Jones (DD-61)
  1918-1918, USS Schley (DD-103)
  1919-1919, 3rd Naval District
  1919-1920, USS Stoddert (DD-302)
  1920-1921, USS New York (BB-34)
  1921-1921, USS Burns (DM-11)
  1922-1923, NAVSTA Pearl Harbor, HI
  1923-1924, 14th Naval District/COMNAVBASE Pearl Harbor
  1924-1926, USS Idaho (BB-42)
  1926-1926, USS California (BB-44)
  1930-1931, USS Jason (AV-2)
  1931-1932, USS Macleish (DD-220)
  1932-1932, Navy Recruiting District St. Louis, MO, Commander Naval Recruiting Command (CNRC)
  1932-1933, Bureau of Navigation (BuNav)
  1935-1936, USS Cincinnati (CL-6)
  1937-1939, Naval Attache Office (NAO) Rio De Janeiro, Naval Attache/Asst Naval Attache
  1940-1942, USS Pensacola (CA-24)
  1942-1942, USS San Juan (CL-54)
  1942-1942, USS San Francisco (CA-38)
  1942-1942, USS Atlanta (CL-51)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1913-1913 Mexican Service Campaign (1911-1919)
  1917-1917 World War I/Sinking of USS Jacob Jones (DD-61)
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings/Battle of Savo Island
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Cape Esperance (Second Savo)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyUnited States Naval AcademyNaval War College
  1907-1911, United States Naval Academy
  1926-1930, United States Naval Academy
  1934-1937, Naval War College
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  USS Norman Scott (DD-690)1
  USS Scott (DDG-995)1
  Mar 07, 1915, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Mar 07, 1918, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Sep 21, 1918, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Jul 01, 1939, Promoted to Captain
  May 11, 1942, Promoted to Rear Admiral
  Mar 09, 2019, General Photos
 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Medal of Honor RecipientsWWII Memorial National RegistryThe National Purple Heart Hall of HonorUnited States Navy Memorial
World War II FallenThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2019, Medal of Honor Recipients [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2019, WWII Memorial National Registry
  2019, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
  2019, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2019, World War II Fallen
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry
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