Stormes, Max Clifford, CDR

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1941-1942, 111X, USS Preston (DD-379)
Service Years
1924 - 1942

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Elmira, NY
Last Address
4195 Arden Way
San Diego, CA
(wife Janet H Stormes

Casualty Date
Nov 15, 1942
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Solomon Islands
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Courts of the Missing

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World War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWW II Memorial National Registry
  2014, World War II Fallen
  2014, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2014, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2014, WW II Memorial National Registry

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Submarine Officer Badge
Command at Sea

 Duty Stations
US NavyUSS S-33 (SS-138)US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)Surface Vessels USS No Name
USS Chicago (CA-29)
  1925-1929, USS Nevada (BB-36)
  1927-1929, 110X, USS Chewink (AM-39)
  1929-1929, 112X, USS S-33 (SS-138)
  1929-1930, 117X, Submarine Division 44
  1931-1932, 116X, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1933-1936, 111X, USS No Name (PT-15)
  1937-1939, 111X, USS Chicago (CA-29)
  1939-1941, 111X, USS Talbot (DD-114)
  1941-1942, 111X, USS Preston (DD-379)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Cape Esperance (Second Savo)
  1942-1942 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyUnited States Naval Academy
  1920-1924, United States Naval Academy1
  1931-1932, United States Naval Academy
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Max Clifford Stormes (27 July 1903-15 November 1942) was a World War II American naval commander. Born in Big Flats, New York, Stormes was appointed midshipman on 15 June 1920 and graduated on 15 May 1924. He was assigned to USS Nevada (BB-36) and subsequently served in USS Chewink (AM-39) and USS S-33 (SS-138). Stormes served with Submarine Division 20 in 1929 and 1930 and then attended a post-graduate course at the US Naval Academy in 1931 and 1932. His next tour of sea duty was as commanding officer of USS Talbot (TB-15) followed by a tour in USS Chicago (CA-29) as damage control officer. Stormes became commanding officer of USS Preston (DD-379) on 31 October 1941 and was promoted to commander on 20 August 1942. Comdr. Stormes was killed in action during the night of 14 and 15 November 1942, when Preston was sunk in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal. Comdr. Stormes was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross as "his coolness and courage in the face of grave danger, inspired his men to supreme efforts of determination and endurance to carry on the attack."

Name of Award
Navy Cross

Year Awarded
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Commander Max Clifford Stormes (NSN: 0-58629), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Destroyer U.S.S. PRESTON (DD-379), during an engagement with Japanese naval forces near Savo Island on the night of 14 - 15 November 1942. Although his ship was repeatedly hit by numerically superior Japanese forces, Commander Stormes and his valiant crew maintained a continual and devastating fire against the enemy vessels, inflicting serious damage. His inspiring leadership and the valiant devotion to duty of his command contributed in large measure to the outstanding success of these vital missions and reflect great credit upon the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 318 (September 1943)
Action Date: November 14 - 15, 1942
Service: Navy
Rank: Commander
Company: Commanding Officer
Division: U.S.S. Preston (DD-379)
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