Berrien, Frank, RADM

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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1936-1941, 3rd Naval District
Service Years
1900 - 1941
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Home Town
New Haven, Conn
Last Address
Died at New Haven, Conn
U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery
Annapolis, Anne Arundel Cty., MD

Date of Passing
Jan 31, 1951
Location of Interment
U.S Naval Academy Cemetery - Annapolis, Maryland
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Rear Admiral Frank Dunn Berrien, USN (Ret.)

Frank Berrien graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Class of 1900. He retired as a U.S. Navy Rear Admiral.

F. D. Berrien was the 13th head college football coach for the United States Naval Academy Midshipmen located in Annapolis, Maryland and he held that position for three seasons, from 1908 until 1910. His coaching record at United States Naval Academy was 21 wins, 5 losses, and 3 ties. As of the conclusion of the 2007 season, this ranks him tenth at United States Naval Academy in total wins and fifth at United States Naval Academy in winning percentage (.776).

As captain of the USS Nicholson he fought in the Action of 17 November 1917 and was awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the highest U.S. Navy award. It out ranked the Navy Cross untill 1942.

The Action of 17 November 1917 was a naval battle of the First World War. The action was fought between a German U-boat and two United States Navy destroyers in the North Atlantic Ocean.


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Awards and Citations

Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Awarded for actions during the World War I

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Captain (then Commander) Frank Dunn Berrien, United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. NICHOLSON, 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; and especially for an engagement on 17 November 1917, in association with the U.S.S. Fanning, with the German Submarine U-58, as a result of which the submarine was forced to come to the surface and surrender.

General Orders: Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service
Action Date: 17 November, 1917
Service: Navy

Rank: acting Captain, rank of Commander
Company: Commanding Officer
Division: U.S.S. Nicholson

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyCommander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
USA War CollegeAdvancement Schools and CoursesUSS Lexington (CV-2)
  1900-1901, USS Brooklyn (CA-3)
  1901-1903, USS Kentucky (BB-6)
  1907-1908, Atlantic Fleet Division 3 , Commander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)
  1908-1910, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1911-1913, USS Trippe (DD-33)
  1913-1914, USS Trippe (DD-33)
  1917-1918, USS Nicholson (DD-52)
  1923-1924, USS Chewink (AM-39)
  1925-1925, Commander Destroyers, Battle Force
  1926-1927, USA War College
  1927-1928, Naval Air Observer School
  1928-1930, USS Lexington (CV-2)
  1934-1935, Boston, Naval Hydrographic Office
  1936-1941, 3rd Naval District
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1900-1902 China Relief Expedition3
  1917-1918 World War I/Anti-Submarine Warfare
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United States Naval AcademyYale University
  1896-1900, United States Naval Academy
  1927-1927, Yale University
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