Beach, Edward Latimer, Jr., CAPT

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
00X-Unknown NOC/Designator
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
Service Years
1939 - 1966
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
New York
Last Address
Washington, D.C.

Date of Passing
Dec 01, 2002
Location of Interment
U.S Naval Academy Cemetery - Annapolis, Maryland
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 20

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Cold War Veteran Cold War Veteran

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
His Navy Cross Citation reads:

The Navy Cross is presented to Edward Latimer Beach, Lieutenant Commander, United States Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity in action as Executive Officer, Navigator and Assistant Approach Officer on board the U.S.S. TIRANTE (SS-420) on the First War Patrol of that submarine during the period 3 March 1945 to 25 April 1945, in enemy controlled waters of the East China Sea. Lieutenant Commander Beach rendered valiant service to his commanding officer in penetrating mined and shoal-obstructed shallow waters in defiance of hostile shore-based radar stations and aircraft. By his excellent judgment and keen understanding of attack problems, he aided immeasurably in sending torpedoes into targets with deadly accuracy and contributed to the sinking of three Japanese cargo ships, one large transport, a hostile tanker, three patrol frigates, and one lugger, totaling 28,000 tons of shipping vital to the enemy's ability to prosecute the war. Through his experience and sound judgment he assisted in bringing his ship safely back to port. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to his officers and men and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Other Comments:


Sword of the Class of 1897 from the United States Naval Academy

Giant of Adventure Award (1960) from the popular men's magazine Argosy

Honorary Doctor of Science (Sc.D) from the American International College

Magellanic Premium (1961) from the American Philosophical Society

Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt Prize in Naval History (1987) from the New York Council of the Navy League

Alfred Thayer Mahan Award for Literary Achievement (1980; 2000) from the Navy League


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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyUSS Trigger (SS-237)USS Tirante (SS-420)USS Piper (SS-409)
Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)USS Amberjack (SS-522)USS Trigger (SS-564)USS Salamonie (AO-26)
  1940-1941, USS Chester (CA-27)
  1941-1941, USS Lea (DD-118)
  1942-1942, USS Trigger (SS-237)
  1945-1945, USS Tirante (SS-420)
  1945-1945, USS Piper (SS-409)
  1945-1947, Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)
  1948-1950, USS Amberjack (SS-522)
  1951-1953, USS Trigger (SS-564)
  1957-1958, USS Salamonie (AO-26)
  1959-1961, USS Triton (SSN-586)
  1961-1962, COMSUBRON 8, COMSUBGRU 6
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyNational War College
  1935-1939, United States Naval Academy
  1962-1963, National War College
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