Christy, Harley Hannibal, VADM

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Vice Admiral
Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1923-1924, 00X, USS California (BB-44)
Service Years
1891 - 1934
Vice Admiral
Vice Admiral

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Home State
Ohio
Ohio
Year of Birth
1870
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Circleville, Ohio
Last Address
Bethesda, Maryland

Date of Passing
Jun 04, 1950
 
Location of Interment
U.S Naval Academy Cemetery - Annapolis, Maryland
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US Navy Retired 30


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Last Known Activity
US Navy Vice Admiral. Born in Circleville, Ohio, he graduated from the US Naval Academy Annapolis, Maryland, in 1891. He served in a variety of warship and educational assignments and was in command of two small gunboats in 1902 and as Executive Officer on the USS North Carolina in 1910. Promoted Commander in 1915, he was in command of station ships at Annapolis, Maryland, when he was placed in charge of vessels for the Army Transport, at the Naval Academy, (1915-17). In May 1917, he was promoted Captain in command of the Armored Cruiser USS San Diego engaged in important duty of transporting and escorting troops and supplies to European ports. During World War I, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for distinguished service while in command of USS San Diego which was sunk by a German mine on July 19, 1918. After the war, he was stationed at the Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, where he was station Commander. In 1924, he was promoted Rear Admiral, held several flag commands ashore and afloat, as well as serving at the Naval War College and other Navy boards in Washington D.C. Christy retired from active duty in October 1934, and in January 1950 was advanced to the rank of Vice Admiral on the Retired List in honor of his combat awards. He died at age 79 in Bethesda, Maryland.
   
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  1923-1924, 00X, USS California (BB-44)

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- / 1923

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- / 1924

Unit
USS California (BB-44) Unit Page

Rank
Captain

NEC
00X-Unknown NOC/Designator

Location
Not Specified

Country/State
United States
 
 
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 USS California (BB-44) Details

USS California (BB-44)
        Hull number BB-44

Launched: Nov. 20, 1919

Photo from 1921.































On Dec 7th she was docked at Pearl Harbor: Battleship Row; forward of the Maryland and Oklahoma

Fate: The California was struck by two torpedoes and one bomb. The first torpedo hit at 8:05 a.m.; the second came moments later. With a gaping hole in the ship, it started capsizing. Despite efforts to bail water from the ship, it sank to the harbor bottom after three days of progressive flooding.

Crew: 2,200

Deceased: 105

The ship was raised via cofferdams, moved to the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard on April, 1942, with repairs to her cage mainmast and all six 14" forward guns were removed to facilitate her refloating.  It took until January, 1944 for the ship's total reconstruction but it was a match for most of the newer US battleships in all but it's main guns (still 14").

An after view of the USS California.


































January, 1945, the USS California was hit by a Japanese kamikaze where 44 of her crew died and 155 injured.  Battle repairs were made to keep her battle-worthy and on station.  She stayed on station until the end of the month and returned to Puget Sound for repairs.  She was back on station for the landings at Okinawa and from there until the Japanese surrender in mid-August.

Of historical interest is that after the official end of WWII, the USS California was still on duty and after different assignments in Philippines and other areas in SE Asia, she returned to the US on Dec 7, 1945 - exactly 4 years to the day of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Decommissioned: Feb. 14, 1947

Sold for scrap in 1959.


Type
Surface Vessels

Existing/Disbanded
Decommissioned

Parent Unit
Tennessee-class

Strength
Battleship

Created/Owned By
Not Specified
   

Last Updated: Jun 26, 2013
   
   
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14 Members Also There at Same Time
USS California (BB-44)

Struble, Arthur Dewey, ADM, (1915-1956) OFF 111X Lieutenant
WILSON, Ralph, VADM, (1924-1960) OFF 116X Ensign
Dickins, Curtis Hoyt, CAPT, (1898-1929) OFF 410X Captain
Patrick, Bower Reynolds, CAPT, (1902-1944) OFF 410X Captain
Breeman, George, CPO, (1902-1929) TC TC-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Kirtland, Frederick Durrel, VADM, (1916-1953) OFF Lieutenant
Crouch, Edwin Mason, CAPT, (1917-1945) OFF Lieutenant Junior Grade
Deyo, Morton Lindholm, VADM, (1911-1949) Lieutenant Commander
Kelley III, Frank Harrison, RADM, (1910-1946) Lieutenant Commander
DeSomer, Abraham, LCDR, (1901-1946) Lieutenant
Boone, Walter, ADM, (1917-1960) Lieutenant Junior Grade
Soucek, Zeus, LTJG, (1923-1929) Ensign
Neff, Edward, SN, (1924-1930) Seaman
Turner, Richmond Kelly, ADM, (1908-1947) Lieutenant Commander

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