Hillenkoetter, Roscoe Henry, VADM

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Vice Admiral
Last Primary NEC
00X-Unknown NOC/Designator
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Rating/NEC Group Unknown
Primary Unit
1956-1957, Office of the Naval Inspector General (Naval IG)
Service Years
1915 - 1957
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Contact Info
Home Town
St Louis, MO
Last Address
New York City, NY
Date of Passing
Jun 18, 1982
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery (VLM) - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
6 5813-C-1

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Pearl Harbor Survivor's AssociationNational Cemetery Administration (NCA)United States Navy Memorial WWII Memorial National Registry
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  1982, National Cemetery Administration (NCA)
  2021, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2021, WWII Memorial National Registry - Assoc. Page

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Last Known Activity:

The National Investigations Committee On Aerial Phenomena was formed in 1956, with the organization's corporate charter being approved October 24. Hillenkoetter was on NICAP's board of governors from about 1957 until 1962. Donald E. Keyhoe, NICAP director and Hillenkoetter's Naval Academy classmate, wrote that Hillenkoetter wanted public disclosure of UFO evidence. Perhaps Hillenkoetter's best-known statement on the subject was in 1960 in a letter to Congress, as reported in The New York Times: "Behind the scenes, high-ranking Air Force officers are soberly concerned about UFOs. But through official secrecy and ridicule, many citizens are led to believe the unknown flying objects are nonsense."


  1941-1941, USS West Virginia (BB-48)


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 USS West Virginia (BB-48) Details

USS West Virginia (BB-48)
Original photo pre-Pearl Harbor

The fourth and final ship of the 
Colorado Class Battleship, USS West Virginia (BB-48) was laid down at Newport News Shipbuilding on April 12, 1920.  Construction moved forward and on November 19, 1921, it slid down the ways with Alice W. Mann, daughter of West Virginia coal magnate Isaac T. Mann, serving as sponsor.  After another two years of work, West Virginia was completed and entered commission on December 1, 1923, with Captain Thomas J. Senn in command. 

: Displacement 32,600 Tons, Dimensions, 624' (oa) x 97' 4" x 31' 4" (Max). Armament 8 x 16"/45 14 x 5"/51, 4 x 3"/50AA 2 x 21" tt.Armor, 13 1/2" Belt, 18" Turrets, 3 1/2" + 1 1/2" Decks, 16" Conning Tower. Machinery, 28,900 SHP; Turbines with Electric Drive, 4 screws. Speed, 21 Knots, Crew 1080. Operational and Building Data: Laid down by Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, VA, April 12, 1920.
Launched November 19, 1921. Commissioned December 1, 1923. Decommissioned January 9, 1947. Stricken March 1, 1959. Fate: Sold August 2, 1959 and broken up for scrap.

USS West Virginia (BB-48) - Pearl Harbor:

On the morning of December 7, 1941, West Virginia was moored along Pearl Harbor's Battleship Row, outboard of USS Tennessee (BB-43), when the Japanese attacked and pulled the United States into World War II.  In a vulnerable position with its port side exposed, West Virginia sustained seven torpedo hits (six exploded) from Japanese aircraft.  Only rapid counter-flooding by the battleship's crew prevented it from capsizing.  The damage from the torpedoes was exacerbated by two armor-piercing bomb hits as well as a massive oil fire started following the explosion of USS Arizona(BB-39) which was moored aft.  Severely damaged, West Virginia sank upright with little more than its superstructure above the water.  In the course of that attack, the battleship's commander, Captain Mervyn S. Bennion, was mortally wounded.  He posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his defense of the ship.  

USS West Virginia (BB-48) - Rebirth:

In the weeks after the attack, efforts to salvage West Virginia commenced.  After patching the massive holes in the hull, the battleship was refloated on May 17, 1942 and later moved to Drydock Number One.  As work commenced 66 bodies were found trapped in the hull.  Three located in a storeroom appear to have survived until at least December 23.

  After extensive repairs to the hull, West Virginia departed for Puget Sound Navy Yard on May 7, 1943.  Arriving, it underwent a modernization program that dramatically altered the battleship's appearance.  This saw the construction of a new superstructure which included trunking the two funnels into one, a greatly enhanced anti-aircraft armament, and elimination of the old cage masts.  In addition, the hull was widened to 114 feet which precluded it from passing through the Panama Canal. When complete, West Virginia looked more similar to the modernized Tennessee-class battleships than those from its own Colorado-class.

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USS West Virginia (BB-48)

Bennion, Mervyn Sharp, CAPT, (1910-1941) Captain
Burrow, John Giles, CDR, (1924-1942) OFF 00X Commander
Ricketts, Claude Vernon, ADM, (1925-1964) OFF 00X Lieutenant
Bergner, Allen Alfred, RADM, (1940-1972) Ensign
Delano, Victor, CAPT, (1937-1969) OFF 00X Ensign
Duncan, George, CAPT, (1935-1968) Ensign
McClelland, Thomas, ENS, (1924-1941) Ensign
KRONBERGER, Sam, CWO2, (1907-1947) GM GF-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Durkee, Edward Norman, CPO, (1925-1941) MM MM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Tibbs, Ernie, CPO, (1923-1941) MM MM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Sabbatini, Anthony J, CPO, (1939-1953) GM Chief Boatswain's Mate
Branham, George O'Hara, PO1, (1934-1941) ML ML-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Ehm, Robert Henry, LCDR, (1936-1956) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Foth, Jack, PO1, (1936-1941) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Hilt, Fred Albert, PO1, (1934-1941) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Lish, Eugene Victor, PO1, (1939-1941) MU MU-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Pierce, Edward Byrd, CPO, (1922-1947) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Reid, George, PO1, (1938-1941) SF SF-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Richter, Leonard Claiver, PO1, (1938-1941) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Rose, Ernest, PO1, (1937-1941) SC SC-0000 Petty Officer First Class
O'Connor, Maurice Michael, PO1, (1938-1941) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer 1st Class
Tipsword, Keith Warren, PO1, (1937-1941) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer 1st Class
Christian, William Garnet, PO2, (1936-1941) SC SC-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Cromwell, Howard Don, PO2, (1938-1941) CM CM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
De Lapp, Marvin Verle, CPO, (1938-1944) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Garcia, Claude Ralph, PO2, (1935-1941) SF SF-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Harten, William, PO1, (1940-1946) MU MU-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
HARTEN, William, PO1, (1940-1946) MU MU-3806 Petty Officer Second Class
Kronberger, Robert Samuel, LCDR, (1935-1970) WT WT-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
McCollom, Lawrence Jennings, PO2, (1935-1941) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Miller, Doris, PO3, (1939-1943) Petty Officer Second Class
Montgomery, Wallace Alford, PO2, (1938-1941) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Montieth, Earl, PO2, (1941-1945) ET ET-1424 Petty Officer Second Class
Mrace, Albin John, PO2, (1937-1941) WT WT-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Powers, Roy, PO2, (1939-1941) SF SF-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Parry, Paul Edwin, CPO, (1938-1945) GM GM-0000 Gunner's Mate 2nd Class
Leedy, David Alonzo, PO2, (1937-1941) FC FC-0000 Fire Controlman 2nd Class
England, Richard Boyd, PO2, (1939-1941) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer 2nd Class
Noce, Emiliano Salvatore, PO2, (1936-1941) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer 2nd Class
Saulsberry, Theodore Hilliard, PO2, (1935-1941) SC SC-0000 Petty Officer 2nd Class
Scott, George William, PO2, (1934-1941) SK SK-0000 Petty Officer 2nd Class
Smith, Gordon Ellsworth, PO2, (1938-1941) SK SK-0000 Petty Officer 2nd Class
Speicher, Ernest Edward, PO2, (1938-1941) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer 2nd Class
Taber, George, PO2, (1938-1941) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer 2nd Class
Bargerhuff, Benjamin Ernest, PO3, (1937-1941) SF SF-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Gould, Arthur I., PO3, (1940-1941) RM RM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Hand, William Reeves, PO2, (1938-1943) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Jackson, William Clarence, PO3, (1939-1941) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Kelley, Sanford Vondine, PO3, (1938-1941) GM GM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Lyon, Arnold Eugene, PO3, (1941-1941) GM GM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Mathison, Donald Johnson, PO3, (1940-1941) FC FC-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Wilbur, Harold, PO3, (1940-1941) CM CM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Parry, Paul Edwin, CPO, (1938-1945) GM GM-0000 Gunner's Mate 3rd Class
O'Meara, William Alexander, PO2, (1940-1943) FC FC-0000 Fire Controlman 3rd Class
Brown, Charles Darling, PO3, (1938-1941) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer 3rd Class
Campbell, William C., PO3, (1937-1941) COX COX-0000 Petty Officer 3rd Class
Evans, Woodrow Wilson, PO3, (1936-1941) GM GM-0000 Petty Officer 3rd Class
Kleist, Chester, PO3, (1938-1941) COX Cox-0000 Petty Officer 3rd Class
LaCrosse, Henry Eugene, PO3, (1940-1941) SK SK-0000 Petty Officer 3rd Class

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