Bruton, Henry Chester, RADM

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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Primary NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1958-1960, US European Command (USEUCOM)
Service Years
1926 - 1960
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Home State
Arkansas
Arkansas
Year of Birth
1905
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Bellville
Last Address
Chevy Chase, Maryland

Date of Passing
Aug 15, 1992
 
Location of Interment
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United States Naval InstituteSubmarine Veterans of WW IIArmed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA)
  2013, United States Naval Institute [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, Submarine Veterans of WW II
  2013, Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA)


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NAVY CROSS

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Commander Henry Chester Bruton (NSN: 0-60171), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. GREENLING (SS-213), in the successful conduct of an offensive war patrol during the SECOND War Patrol of that vessel from 10 July 1942 until 1 September 1942. In spite of strong enemy counter measures, he coolly and courageously pressed home every favorable attack opportunity and succeeded in sinking a total of 23,950 tons of enemy merchant shipping. During one depth charge attack, depth charges were dropping sufficiently close to jar personnel from their feet and to cause minor damage throughout the ship, but he brought his ship through and his crew home without loss and in splendid offensive spirits. His courage and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
General Orders: Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet: Serial 24
Action Date: July 10 - September 1, 1942
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Company: Commanding Officer
Division: U.S.S. Greenling (SS-213)

NAVY CROSS

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Commander Henry Chester Bruton (NSN: 0-60171), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. GREENLING (SS-213). Lieutenant Commander Bruton conducted an aggressive and successful war patrol in enemy controlled waters, during the THIRD War Patrol of that vessel, from 23 September 1942 to 1 November 1942. Undeterred by numerous anti-submarine patrol craft and the severe enemy counter-offensive, Commander Bruton conducted a consistently successful and aggressive War Patrol against a determined and relentless foe. His superb seamanship, skill and inspiring leadership enabled the GREENLING to sink a total of 32,050 tons of enemy shipping and to damage severely one converted aircraft carrier of 22,000 tons. Commander Bruton brought his ship through unscathed and his crew home without loss or injury and with fighting spirit undiminished. His courage and skill were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Naval Service.
General Orders: Commander In Chief Pacific Fleet: Serial 03549 (December 10, 1942)
Action Date: September 23 - November 1, 1942
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Company: Commanding Officer
Division: U.S.S. Greenling (SS-213)
   
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Submarine War Patrols
Start Year
1941
End Year
1945

Description
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My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1942
To Year
1943
 
Last Updated:
Dec 2, 2013
   
Personal Memories

Memories
9 Dec 1942
USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Bruton) departed Pearl Harbor for her 4th war patrol. she was ordered to patrol between Truk and the Solomon Islands.

22 Dec 1942
USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Bruton) torpedoed and sank the Japanese Patrol Boat No.35 about 70 nautical miles north-north-east of Kieta, Bougainville in position 0505'S, 15604'E.

30 Dec 1942
While attacking a Japanese convoy about 180 nautical miles northeast of Manus, Admiralty Islands, USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Bruton) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ship Hiteru Maru (5857 GRT) in position 0041'N, 14852'E.

16 Jan 1943
USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Bruton) torpedoed and sank the Japanese transport ship Kimposan Maru (3261 GRT) west of Kavieng in position 0247'S, 14910'E.

18 Jan 1943
USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Bruton) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese ammunition ship/survey vessel Soya (3800 GRT) in Queen Carola Channel in position 0204'S, 15037'E.

19 Jan 1943
USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Bruton) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese transport ship Shinai Maru (3793 GRT) north of Rabaul in position 0135'S, 15057'E.

31 Jan 1943
USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Bruton) ended her 4th war patrol at Brisbane, Australia.

   
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  241 Also There at This Battle:
  • Azer, John, CAPT, (1928-1948)
  • Bernard, Lawrence, RADM, (1937-1971)
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