Cobb, Calvin Hayes, VADM

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Last Rank
Vice Admiral
Primary Unit
1945-1946, NAVSTA Philadelphia
Service Years
1911 - 1946
Vice Admiral
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Home Town
Kittery, ME
Last Address
Chevy Chase, MD

Date of Passing
Mar 03, 1961
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
2 1200 LH

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Then-LCDR Cobb was awarded the Navy Cross for ASW Patrol service in the Atlantic during the First World War. He had previously seen action at the Guantanamo Bay uprising in 1912 and the following year at Vera Cruz.

Cobb's career nearly ended in 1923. His ship, USS Percival was one of 14 destroyers of Destroyer Squadron 11 steaming in formation through a heavy fog off Honda Point, California. Fortunately, Percival was barely able to avoid running aground. However, nine of the other ships ran aground. Two were able to eventually free themselves, but 7 were damaged beyond repair, and 23 lives were lost. It was the largest peacetime loss of ships for the US Navy.

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Navy Cross
Awarded for Actions During World War I
Service: Navy
Division: U.S.S. Duncan
Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Commander Calvin Hayes Cobb, United States Navy, for distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. DUNCAN, engaged in the important, exacting and hazardous duty of, patrolling the waters infested with enemy submarines and mines, in escorting and protecting vitally important convoys of troops and supplies through these waters, and in offensive and defensive action, vigorously and unremittingly prosecuted against all forms of enemy naval activity during World War I.

Legion of Merit
Awarded for Actions During World War II
Service: Navy
Rank: Rear Admiral
General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 327 (June 1944) & 336 (March 1945)
Citation: The President of the
United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Legion of Merit to Rear Admiral Calvin Hayes Cobb, United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Commander Service Squadron, South Pacific, from 20 November 1942 to 5 February 1944. Admiral Cobb was a brilliant and capable leader, untiring in his devotion to duty throughout an arduous period of operation. By his skillful planning he made possible the prompt repair of fleet damage and the servicing of advance bases.
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US NavyNaval Attache/Asst Naval Attache, CNO - OPNAVUSS Maryland (BB-46)USS Nitro (AE-2)
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)USS Mississippi (BB-41)NAVSTA Philadelphia
  1911-1914, USS Minnesota (BB-22)
  1915-1915, USS Washington (ACR-11)
  1916-1919, USS Duncan (DD-46)
  1919-1919, USS Monaghan (DD-32)
  1919-1919, USS Drayton (DD-23)
  1919-1920, USS Walker (DD-163)
  1922-1925, USS Percival (DD-298)
  1925-1927, Bureau of Engineering
  1929-1930, USS Billingsley (DD-293)
  1930-1931, USS J. Fred Talbott (DD-156)
  1930-1933, Naval Attache/Asst Naval Attache, CNO - OPNAV
  1933-1934, USS Northampton (CA-26)
  1936-1937, Bureau of Navigation
  1937-1937, USS Wright (AV-1)
  1938-1938, USS Maryland (BB-46)
  1939-1940, USS Nitro (AE-2)
  1940-1942, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1942-1942, USS Mississippi (BB-41)
  1945-1945, NAS Ryukyus
  1945-1946, NAVSTA Philadelphia
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1914-1914 US Occupation of Veracruz
  1917-1918 World War I
  1942-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
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United States Naval Academy
  1908-1911, United States Naval Academy
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jul 18, 1911, Commissioned as Ensign
  Mar 07, 1915, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Jul 01, 1917, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Jun 03, 1922, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Jun 30, 1931, Promoted to Commander
  Jul 01, 1939, Promoted to Captain
  May 10, 1942, Promoted to Rear Admiral
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