English, Robert, RADM

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Rear Admiral Upper Half
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112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
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Line Officer
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Service Years
1913 - 1943
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Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Jan 21, 1943
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TO: Submarine Squadron Commanders, SubPacFlt/SubSoWesPac

FROM: Admiral Ernest J. King CinC U.S. Fleet Chief of Naval Operations

CC: Admiral Chester W. Nimitz

DATE: 31 January, 1943

SUBJECT: Death of Rear Admiral English

It is my sad duty to inform all Officers and Enlisted personal of SubPacFlt of the untimely death of Rear Admiral Robert H. English.

Rear Admiral English was in transit to the submarine support facility at Mare Island aboard a Pan-Am clipper on loan to the U.S. Navy. Radio contact was lost due to a severe storm which occurred while approaching San Francisco. Rear Admiral English, three senior staff officers, six Navy passengers, a nurse and nine crewmen all perished.

Our hearts go out to the English family. It is a tragic loss to SubPacFlt and to the United States Navy. Let us keep his family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Captain John H. ‚??Babe‚?? Brown will assume temporary command of SubPacFlt until a suitable replacement is appointed.

Admiral Ernest J. King CinC
Commander in Chief, U.S. Fleet
Chief of Naval Operations

// Sends //

Other Comments:
Robert Henry English (16 January 1888 - 21 January 1943), born in Warrenton, Georgia, he was a member of the United States Naval Academy class of 1911, and early in his naval career became a submariner.

In 1917, while commanding O-4 (SS-65), he won the Navy Cross for his great heroism in rescuing an officer trapped in O-5 (SS-66) after an explosion. After a series of important assignments, he became commanding officer of Helena (CL-50), and during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 7 December 1941 was one of the first to bring his ship into action.

On 14 May 1942, he became Commander, Submarines, U.S. Pacific Fleet, and was so serving when killed in an airplane accident in California 21 January 1943. For his exceptionally meritorious service in his last assignment, Rear Admiral English was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Medal.

The USS English (DD-696), an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer, was named in his honor.

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US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)USS Helena (CL-50)COMSUBPAC, COMNAVSUBFOR
  1907-1911, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1940-1941, USS Helena (CL-50)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Attack on Pearl Harbor
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
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United States Naval Academy
  1907-1911, United States Naval Academy
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