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1922-1928, New York
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1883 - 1928
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Mar 24, 1931
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Charles Peshall Plunkett
Rear Admiral, United States Navy
Army and Navy Distinguished Service Medals

Spanish-American War and First World War Battle Streamers

Charles Peshall Plunkett, born in Washington, D.C., 15 February 1864, was appointed to the United States Naval Academy in 1879. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Class of 1884.

Admiral Plunkett was a veteran of the Spanish-American War where he served in Admiral Dewey's Squadron at the Battle of Manila Bay. He also commanded both USS North Dakota and USS South Dakota and had served as Director, Target Practice and Engineering Competitions for the Navy Department before the United States entered World War I. 

In July, 1918, he assumed command of the 5 Naval Railway Batteries in France. under his direction those mobile units of 14" battleship guns supported French and American armies from 6 September until the Armistice. Awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for his service during the war, he later commanded Destroyers, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, and served as Chief of Staff, Naval War College; President, Board of Inspection and Survey; and as Commandant, New York Navy Yard and the 3d Naval District. 

Retiring in 1928, Rear Admiral Plunkett died in Washington, D.C., 24 March 1931. 
The Admiral's father and mother, William Henry Plunkett, Major, United States Army, Letitia G. Plunkett, are also buried in Arlington National Cemetery, as are his son, Charles Tuck Plunkett (1899-1970) and his wife, Martha Macleod Plunkett (1890-1961)

Military Honors Are Paid Him In Arlington Cemetery 

WASHNGTON, March 26, 1931 - The Navy said farewell today to Rear ADmiral charles Perhall Plunkett, retired, who died Tuesday night in the Washington Naval Hospital. 

With full military honors he was borne by his former companions to Arlington Cemetery and buried beside his wife.  He grave is just below the old Robert E. Lee home, overlooking the Potomac River. 

After brief ceremonies at the Fort Myer Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Sidney Key Evans, Chief of Naval Chaplains, the flag-draped coffin, escorted by squads of Marines, was placed on a gun caisson by six bluejackets and taken to Arlington.  There were three volleys of rifle fire by the Marines and Taps by a Naval Bugler at the grave. 

Charles P. Plunkett graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1884. By June 1, 1904 he was a Lieutenant Commander. On April 7, 1919 he was permanently promoted to Rear Admiral.

During World War I he served in various capacities from commanding Naval batteries with the French and American armies to commanding the United States Fleet destroyer force. After the War he commanded the Atlantic Fleet destroyer squadrons. He was appointed Chief of Staff, Naval War College in December 1920. He became President of the Board of Inspection and Survey in August 1921. He commanded the 3rd Naval District and the New York Navy Yard from 1922 to 1928.

He was awarded the United States Navy Distinguished Service Medal and the United States Army Distinguished Service Medal. He was a Commander of the French Legion of Honor and was awarded the Portuguese Decoration, Tower and Sword.

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Army Distinguished Service Medal
Awarded for actions during World War I

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Rear Admiral Charles Peshall Plunkett, United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I, as Director of Gunnery Exercises. Rear Admiral Plunkett supervised the production, transportation to Europe, and the placing in action on the Western Front of the United States Naval Gun Battalion of five 14-inch guns on railway mounts, the most powerful artillery weapons brought into action against Germany and her allies during the war. In this stupendous undertaking, the successful accomplishment of which had an important bearing on the outcome of the war, Rear Admiral Plunkett displayed technical knowledge of a high order, combined with practical knowledge of the needs of the service and the difficulties to be encountered. He worked with unceasing zeal and devotion, rendering a service of rare distinction to the American Expeditionary Force during World War I.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 59 (1919)
Action Date: World War I
Service: Navy
Rank: Rear Admiral
Company: Director
Division: Gunnery Exercises

Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Awarded for actions during World War I

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Rear Admiral Charles Peshall Plunkett, United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Director of Gunnery Exercises in connection with the training of Naval Personnel in gunnery in preparation for war, and also in connection with the development, organization and operation of a naval field battery for duty in land operations on the European battle front during World War I.

General Orders: Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)
Action Date: World War I
Service: Navy 
Rank: Rear Admiral
Company: Director
Division: Gunnery Exercises

Note: During WWI, the Distinguished Service Medal was the highest Navy Award, out ranking the Navy Cross.

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USS North Dakota (BB-29)
Delaware Class Battleship: Displacement 20,000 Tons, Dimensions, 518' 9" (oa) x 85' 3" x 28' 10" (Max). Armament 10 x 12"/45 14 x 5"/50, 2 x 21" tt. Armor, 11" Belt, 12" Turrets, 3" Decks, 11 1/2" Conning Tower. Machinery, 25,000 SHP; vertical, triple expansion engines, 2 screws. Speed, 21 Knots, Crew 933. Operational and Building Data: Laid down by Fore River, Shipbuilding, Quincy, MA., December 16 1907. Launched November 10 1908. Commissioned April 11 1910. Decommissioned November 22 1923. Demilitarized May 29 1924 and used as a target ship. Stricken January 7 1931. Fate: Sold March 16 1931 and broken up for scrap.

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USS North Dakota (BB-29), a Delaware-class battleship, was the first ship of the United States Navy named in honor of the U.S. state of North Dakota.

North Dakota was laid down on 16 December 1907 by the Fore River Shipbuilding Company of Quincy, Massachusetts. She was launched on 10 November 1908 sponsored by Miss Mary Benton, daughter of Colonel John Benton of Fargo, North Dakota and commissioned at Boston, Massachusetts on 11 April 1910, Commander Charles P. Plunkett in command.

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On 8 September 1910, the ship suffered an oil-tank explosion and fire while at sea. Six men - Chief Watertenders August Holtz and Patrick Reid, Chief Machinist's Mates Thomas Stanton and Karl Westa, Machinist's Mate First Class Charles C. Roberts, and Watertender Harry Lipscomb - each received the Medal of Honor "for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession" during the fire.

In her first years, North Dakota operated with the Atlantic Fleet in maneuvers along the East Coast and in the Caribbean Sea. She sailed on 2 November for her first Atlantic crossing, visiting England and France prior to winter-spring maneuvers in the Caribbean. In the summers of 1912??1913, she carried United States Naval Academy midshipmen for training in New England waters, and on 1 January 1913 she joined the honor escort for HMS Natal as the British ship entered New York City harbor with the body of the late Whitelaw Reid, United States Ambassador to Great Britain.

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USS North Dakota (BB-29)

Belknap, Reginald, RADM, (1891-1927) Lieutenant Commander
Kidd, Isaac Campbell, RADM, (1906-1941) Ensign
Westa, Karl, CPO Chief Petty Officer
Wilson, Henry, ADM, (1881-1925) OFF Captain
Holtz, August, CPO, (1891-1911) WT WT-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Reid, Patrick, CPO, (1895-1915) WT WT-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Stanton, Thomas, CPO, (1898-1918) MM MM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Roberts, Charles Church, LTJG, (1904-1921) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Campbell, Edward Hale, VADM, (1893-1942) Lieutenant Commander

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