Small, Ernest Gregor, RADM

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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1943-1944, 111X, COMNAVSURFPAC/Cruiser Destroyer Group 5
Service Years
1912 - 1944
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Home Town
Walthm Massachusetts
Last Address
Ernest Gregor Small:
Place of Birth: Waltham Massachusetts.
Home of record: New Haven Connecticut.
Rear Admiral Small died in Brooklyn, New York on 27 December 1944.

Date of Passing
Dec 26, 1944
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: Sec: 3, Site: 3963

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Rear Admiral Ernest G. SMALL
Died on Active Duty, December 1944

Ernest Gregor Small was born in Waltham, Massachusetts on 5 November 1888. He graduated fom the United States Naval Academy and was commissioned an ensign on 7 June 1912. From 1940-1942, he headed the Ordnance and Gunnery Department at the Naval Academy. On 10 April 1942 he assumed command of the heavy cruiser USS Salt Lake City (CA 25) and was subsequently awarded the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism for his conning of the cruiser against Japanese surface vessels off Savo Island near Guadalcanal, 11-12 October 1942. From January to August 1943 he served eminently as war plans officer on the staff of the Commander Cruiser Division Five. Rear Admiral Small died in Brooklyn, New York on 27 December 1944. 
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US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)US NavyNaval War College (Faculty Staff)NAVSTA Puget Sound
Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI)Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)COMNAVSURFPAC/Cruiser Destroyer Group 5
  1908-1912, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1912-1913, 116X, USS South Dakota (ACR-9)
  1913-1915, USS New Orleans (CL-22)
  1915-1917, USS Duncan (DD-46)
  1917-1918, 111X, USS Duncan (DD-46)
  1918-1920, 111X, USS Gridley (DD-92)
  1922-1923, 111X, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1929-1930, 111X, USS Wyoming (BB-32)
  1933-1934, 111X, Naval War College (Faculty Staff)
  1935-1936, 111X, NAVSTA Puget Sound
  1937-1937, 114X, Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI)
  1938-1939, 111X, Commander Destroyers, Battle Force/COMDESDIV 3
  1940-1942, 111X, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1942-1943, 111X, USS Salt Lake City (CA-25)
  1943-1943, 111X, Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
  1943-1944, 111X, COMNAVSURFPAC/Cruiser Destroyer Group 5
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Cape Esperance (Second Savo)
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United States Naval Academy
  1908-1912, United States Naval Academy
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