Bruton, Henry Chester, RADM

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1958-1960, US European Command (USEUCOM)
Service Years
1926 - 1960
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Home State
Arkansas
Arkansas
Year of Birth
1905
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Bellville, AR
Last Address
Chevy Chase, Maryland

Date of Passing
Aug 15, 1992
 
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
60 1937

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Last Known Activity

After retiring from active duty, Henry Bruton worked for Collins Radio Co. here, then served from 1964 to 1966 as secretary-treasurer of the Armed Forces Relief and Benefit Association. Since 1966, he had been a consultant to the Military Benefit Association.

He was a member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, the Veteran Wireless Operators Association, the Submarine Veterans of World War II and the U.S. Naval Institute.

Survivors include his wife, the former Lucy Frances Osborne, who moved from Alexandria to Silver Spring several days ago; a son, Robert H., of Washington; a daughter, Sally Harris of Silver Spring; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
   
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NAVY CROSS

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Commander Henry Chester Bruton (NSN: 0-60171), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. GREENLING (SS-213), in the successful conduct of an offensive war patrol during the SECOND War Patrol of that vessel from 10 July 1942 until 1 September 1942. In spite of strong enemy counter measures, he coolly and courageously pressed home every favorable attack opportunity and succeeded in sinking a total of 23,950 tons of enemy merchant shipping. During one depth charge attack, depth charges were dropping sufficiently close to jar personnel from their feet and to cause minor damage throughout the ship, but he brought his ship through and his crew home without loss and in splendid offensive spirits. His courage and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
General Orders: Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet: Serial 24
Action Date: July 10 - September 1, 1942
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Company: Commanding Officer
Division: U.S.S. Greenling (SS-213)


NAVY CROSS

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Commander Henry Chester Bruton (NSN: 0-60171), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. GREENLING (SS-213). Lieutenant Commander Bruton conducted an aggressive and successful war patrol in enemy controlled waters, during the THIRD War Patrol of that vessel, from 23 September 1942 to 1 November 1942. Undeterred by numerous anti-submarine patrol craft and the severe enemy counter-offensive, Commander Bruton conducted a consistently successful and aggressive War Patrol against a determined and relentless foe. His superb seamanship, skill and inspiring leadership enabled the GREENLING to sink a total of 32,050 tons of enemy shipping and to damage severely one converted aircraft carrier of 22,000 tons. Commander Bruton brought his ship through unscathed and his crew home without loss or injury and with fighting spirit undiminished. His courage and skill were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Naval Service.
General Orders: Commander In Chief Pacific Fleet: Serial 03549 (December 10, 1942)
Action Date: September 23 - November 1, 1942
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Company: Commanding Officer
Division: U.S.S. Greenling (SS-213)
   
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 Duty Stations/ Advancement Schools
US NavyUSS Mississippi (BB-41)USS S-44 (SS-155)NAVSTA Anacostia, DC
USS Canopus (AS-9)USS Narwhal (SS-167)USS S-39 (SS-144)Naval Legal Service Units (JAG)
USS Greenling (SS-213)Commander Submarine Force (COMSUBFOR), COMNAVSUBFORCOMSUBRON 2, COMSUBGRU 2USS Wisconsin (BB-64)
US European Command (USEUCOM)
  1926-1927, USS California (BB-44)
  1927-1929, USS Mississippi (BB-41)
  1930-1930, USS S-44 (SS-155)
  1930-1932, USS S-47 (SS-158)
  1934-1934, NAVSTA Anacostia, DC
  1936-1937, USS Canopus (AS-9)
  1937-1937, USS Narwhal (SS-167)
  1937-1938, USS S-39 (SS-144)
  1938-1941, Office of Judge Advocate General (OJAG)
  1942-1943, USS Greenling (SS-213)
  1944-1945, Commander Submarine Force (COMSUBFOR), COMNAVSUBFOR
  1948-1949, COMSUBRON 2, COMSUBGRU 2
  1952-1952, USS Wisconsin (BB-64)
  1958-1960, US European Command (USEUCOM)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
  1942-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)
  1952-1952 Korean War/Second Korean Winter (1951-52)
  1952-1952 Korean War/Korea, Summer-Fall 1952
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyUnited States Naval AcademyUniversity of California, Berkeley
  1922-1926, United States Naval Academy
  1932-1934, United States Naval Academy
  1934-1935, University of California, Berkeley
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Biography
  Jun 03, 1926, Commissioned as Ensign
  Jun 03, 1929, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Jun 30, 1936, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Jun 26, 1940, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Aug 15, 1942, Promoted to Commander
  Aug 01, 1943, Promoted to Captain
  Jul 01, 1953, Promoted to Rear Admiral
 Military Association Memberships
Submarine Veterans of WW IIWW II Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial United States Naval Institute
Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA)
  2019, Submarine Veterans of WW II
  2019, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2019, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2019, United States Naval Institute - Assoc. Page
  2019, Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA)
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