Taussig Jr, Joseph Knefler, CAPT

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1952-1954, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
Service Years
1941 - 1954

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Home State
Rhode Island
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Year of Birth
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Last Address
Annapolis, MD

Date of Passing
Dec 14, 1999
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He was wounded in the leg during the attack on the USS Nevada and spent the next 5 years in Naval hospitals until having his leg amputated in 1946.
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His Grandfather Rear Admiral Edward Taussig: Taussig, Edward, RADM

His Father Vice Admiral Joseph Taussig: Taussig Sr., Joseph Knefler, VADM

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Navy Cross - 1941

Name of Award
Navy Cross

Year Awarded

Last Updated:
Nov 24, 2008
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Details Behind Award
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Joseph K. Taussig, Jr., Ensign, U.S. Navy, for exceptional courage, presence of mind, and devotion to duty and disregard for his personal safety while serving on board the Battleship U.S.S. NEVADA (BB-36), during the Japanese attack on the United States Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, on 7 December 1941. As senior officer present in the anti-aircraft battery of the U.S.S. NEVADA, although seriously wounded, Ensign Taussig refused to leave his battle station and insisted on continuing the control of his battery's fire until he was forcefully taken from his station and lowered in a stretcher, other means of descent being blocked by fire. The conduct of Ensign Taussig throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: May 28, 1920 at Newport, Rhode Island
Home Town: Jamestown, Rhode Island
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