Crommelin, Henry, VADM

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Last Rank
Vice Admiral
Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1958-1959, 111X, Commander Naval Base, Norfolk, VA
Service Years
1925 - 1959
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Order of the Golden Dragon
Panama Canal
Vice Admiral
Vice Admiral

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Date of Passing
Mar 02, 1971
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
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Order of the Shellback Order of the Golden Dragon

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                              USS Crommelin  (FFG-37)

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Silver Star

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Captain [then Commander] Henry Crommelin (NSN: 0-59421), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action prior to the landings at Tarawa on 20 - 23 November 1943. In his Division Leader with one other ship of his Division, he entered Tarawa Lagoon under heavy fire from shore batteries in advance of the assault landing craft. His ships succeeded in silencing several enemy batteries and effectively carried out all assigned and requested fire support tasks from inside the lagoon. Just before entering the lagoon, his Division Leader was hit three times by five-inch shells. The uncharted waters of the lagoon contained many coral heads and reefs. His skillful and resolute leadership contributed materially to the capture of Bititu and the occupation of Tarawa, Gilbert Islands. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander in Chief Pacific: Serial 01891 (May 14, 1944)

Action Date: November 1943

Service: Navy

Rank: Captain


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 Duty Stations
US NavyDESRON 50, Commander Middle East Force Surface Action Group (MEFSAG)USS Des Moines (CA-134)USS Wisconsin (BB-64)
Navy Personnel Command (NAVPERSCOM - NPC)
  1942-1943, 111X, USS Fitch (DD-462)
  1943-1943, 111X, DESRON 50, Commander Middle East Force Surface Action Group (MEFSAG)
  1950-1952, 111X, USS Des Moines (CA-134)
  1952-1952, USS Wisconsin (BB-64)
  1954-1954, Navy Personnel Command (NAVPERSCOM - NPC)
  1958-1959, 111X, Commander Naval Base, Norfolk, VA
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Guam
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1921-1925, United States Naval Academy
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