Rommel, Herbert Fox, Jr., CAPT

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1967-1969, 111X, NAVSTA Newport, RI
Service Years
1934 - 1969

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Contact Info
Home Town
Lansdowne, PA
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Jun 10, 2007
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Sec 66 Site 6321

 Official Badges 

Gun Captain (pre-1969) US Navy Retired 30

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Pearl Harbor Memorial Medallion Order of the Golden Dragon Navy Officer Honorable Discharge

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Last Known Activity
Captian Herbert F. Rommel, Jr., U.S.N. (Ret.)

His main career and passion were with the Navy, and he was a well-known veteran and sailor. Rommel enlisted in the Naval Reserve in 1934 as an apprentice seaman and was commissioned as an ensign in 1938. He reported for active duty aboard the battleship USS Oklahoma in 1940. He was on board the Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941, preparing to attend a pistol match when he heard the explosions. "I went to see what was going on," Rommel said in an interview published in Newport Life Magazine. "As I reached the deck, I saw a plane with bright red balls beneath its wings fly right over me. The officer of the deck sounded air defense on the bugle. I ran aft toward the turret. On the way, I grabbed the intercom and announced over the loudspeaker, "This is a real air raid. This is no (expletive deleted)." Rommel went on to serve aboard the USS Gridley for the next three years of the war. During his war service, he collected 12 battle stars and a Bronze Star with combat "V". He was promoted until he became the commander of the USS Wilkes at the end of the war. "That was the most damn fun I ever had," Rommel told friends. He was one of only four Naval Reserve officers to command a destroyer during World War II. He broke the tradition that only regular Navy men were allowed to drive. He first came to Newport after the war to attend General Line School, "to learn what I should have known during the war," he later said. After officers school, he became commanding officer of Naval Station Washington, D.C. During the next two decades, he commanded five different ships and enjoyed four tours of duty in Newport. He retired in 1969.

Other Comments:

USS HERBERT (DD-160): Seaman USNR - 1934-1937
USS Oklahoma (BB-37): Ensign - Commanding No 4 Turret Division - 1940-1941
USS GRIDLEY (DD-380): Commissary Officer / Navigator / Executive Officer - 1942-1944
USS WILKES (DD-441): Command - 1945-1946
USS BURKE   (DE-215/APD 65): Command - 1947 - 1948
NAVAL WAR COLLEGE, Newport: Pupil - 1949
USS HAYNSWORTH (DD-700): Command - 1950 - 1952
USS WORCESTER (CL-144): Executive Officer - 1954 - 1955
NAVAL WAR COLLEGE, Newport: Staff - 1956-1960
USS AMPHION (AR-13): Command - 1960-1961

USS HYADES (AF-28): Command - 1962-1963
NAVAL STATION, Washington DC: Commander - 1963-1966
NAVAL STATION, Newport: Chief of Staff - 1967-1969

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Command at Sea
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1934, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)
 Duty Stations/ Advancement Schools
US NavyUSS Wilkes (DD-441)Naval Postgraduate School (Faculty Staff)USS Haynsworth (DD-700)
CNO - OPNAVUSS Worcester (CL-144)Naval War College (Staff)USS Amphion (AR-13)
Commander-in-Chief, US Atlantic Fleet (CINCLANTFLT)USS Hyades (AF-28)NAVSTA Washington DCNAVSTA Newport, RI
  1935-1937, S1c-0000, USS Herbert (DD-160)
  1940-1941, 000X, USS Oklahoma (BB-37)
  1942-1944, 000X, USS Gridley (DD-380)
  1945-1946, 000X, USS Wilkes (DD-441)
  1947-1948, 000X, USS Burke (APD-65)
  1950-1950, 000X, Naval Postgraduate School (Faculty Staff)
  1950-1952, 000X, USS Haynsworth (DD-700)
  1953-1953, 000X, CNO - OPNAV
  1954-1955, 000X, USS Worcester (CL-144)
  1956-1960, 000X, Naval War College (Staff)
  1960-1961, 000X, USS Amphion (AR-13)
  1962-1962, 111X, Commander-in-Chief, US Atlantic Fleet (CINCLANTFLT)
  1962-1963, 111X, USS Hyades (AF-28)
  1963-1966, 111X, NAVSTA Washington DC
  1967-1969, 111X, NAVSTA Newport, RI
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Attack on Pearl Harbor
  1942-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
 Colleges Attended 
University of PennsylvaniaBoston CollegeNaval War College
  1936-1939, University of Pennsylvania
  1939-1940, Boston College
  1948-1949, Naval War College2
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jun 10, 2007, Herbert F. Rommel, Jr9
  Sep 06, 2017, General Photos1
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