Riefkohl, Frederick Louis, RADM

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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1946-1947, 10th Naval District
Service Years
1911 - 1947
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Home State
Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
Year of Birth
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Home Town
Maunabo, Puerto Rico
Last Address
Brevard County, FL

Date of Passing
Sep 14, 1969
Location of Interment
U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery - Annapolis, Maryland
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Rear Admiral Frederick Lois Riefkohl (February 27, 1889-September 1969), a native of Maunabo, Puerto Rico, was an officer in the United States Navy and the first Puerto Rican to graduate from the United States Naval Academy and to be awarded the Navy Cross. The Navy Cross is the second highest medal, after the Medal of Honor, that can be awarded by the U.S. Navy for heroism or distinguished service. He was a World War I Navy Cross recipient who served as Captain of the USS Vincennes during World War II.

Frederick Louis Riefkohl was born in Maunabo, Puerto Rico and his full name was Luis Federico Riefkohl Jaimison (when he changed it is unknown but was before entering the Naval Academy), on 27 February 1889, son of Luis Riefkohl y Sandoz and Julia Jamieson Riefkohl. He attended schools in Arroyo, Puerto Rico; Christainsted, St. Croix, Virgin Islands; and Concord, Massachusetts; and had a year at Phillips-Andover Academy before entering the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, on appointment from Puerto Rico, on 5 July 1907, the first Midshipman appointed from Puerto Rico. As a Midshipman he was a member of the Track Team and played Class football. He graduated on 2 June 1911, and as Passed Midshipman served at sea for a year , as required by law (changed in 1912), prior to becoming commissioned on 2 March 1912. Through subsequent promotions he attained the rank of Captain, to date from 4 June 1939. He was transferred to the Retired List of the Navy on 1 January 1947, and advanced to the rank of Rear Admiral on the basis of combat citations.

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Navy Cross
Awarded for Actions During World War I
Service: Navy
Division: U.S.S. Philadelphia
Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Frederick Louis Riefkohl, United States Navy, for distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commander of the Armed Guard of the U.S.S. PHILADELPHIA, and in an engagement with an enemy submarine. On 2 August 1917, a periscope was sighted, and then a torpedo passed under the stern of the ship. A shot was fired, which struck close to the submarine, which then disappeared.
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US NavyCommander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)USS Lexington (CV-2)Naval War College (Staff)
Navy Motion Picture Service (NMPS)Naval Attache/Asst Naval Attache, CNO - OPNAVBureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM)
Commander Naval Forces Europe/Commander Sixth Fleet (CNE-C6F)
  1911-1911, USS Maine (BB-10)
  1912-1913, USS Florida (BB-30)
  1913-1913, USS Terry (DD-25)
  1913-1914, USS Roe (DD-24)
  1914-1914, USS Hannibal (AG-1)
  1914-1915, USS Mayrant (DD-31)
  1915-1915, USS Benham (DD-49)
  1915-1916, USS Wyoming (AG-17)
  1917-1917, Brooklyn Navy Yard
  1917-1918, USS PHILADELPHIA (C-4)
  1920-1920, 15th Naval District
  1921-1921, USS Chester (CL-1)
  1921-1922, Commander Destroyers, Battle Force
  1922-1923, Commander In Chief Asiatic Fleet
  1922-1924, USS Smith Thompson (DD-212)
  1924-1925, Brooklyn Navy Yard
  1926-1928, USS Corry (DD-334)
  1928-1929, USS Kittery (AK-2)
  1932-1933, USS Lexington (CV-2)
  1932-1933, USS New Mexico (BB-40)
  1933-1934, Naval War College (Staff)
  1934-1934, Navy Motion Picture Service (NMPS)
  1935-1936, Naval Attache Office (NAO) Buenos Aires, Argentina, Naval Attache/Asst Naval Attache
  1937-1939, USS Nevada (BB-36)
  1939-1941, 15th Naval District
  1941-1942, USS Vincennes (CA-44)
  1942-1942, Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)
  1942-1944, US Military Liaison Office - Mexico, US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM)
  1944-1944, Commander Gulf Sea Frontier
  1944-1945, 8th Naval District
  1945-1946, Commander Naval Forces Europe/Commander Sixth Fleet (CNE-C6F)
  1946-1947, 10th Naval District
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1917-1918 World War I
  1941-1941 Neutrality Operations in the North Atlantic
  1942-1942 Pacific Air Offensive (1942-45)/Doolittle B-25 Attack on Tokyo
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings/Battle of Savo Island
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United States Naval Academy
  1907-1911, United States Naval Academy1
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  Rear Admiral Frederick L. Riefkohl, US Navy
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