Denebrink, Francis Compton, VADM

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Vice Admiral
Primary Unit
1953-1956, Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), Military Sealift Fleet Support Command (MSC/MSFSC)
Service Years
1917 - 1956
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San Francisco, CA
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San Francisco, CA

Date of Passing
Apr 08, 1987
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Navy and Marine Corps Medal - 1942

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Navy and Marine Corps Medal

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Sep 19, 2010
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The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy and Marine Corps Medal to Captain Francis Compton Denebrink (NSN: 0-10970), United States Navy, for heroism and outstanding performance of duty as Commanding Officer, U.S.S. BROOKLYN (CL-40), and Officer in Charge of rescue operations on 3 September 1942, when an uncontrollable and raging fire in the U.S.S. WAKEFIELD necessitated the removal of fifteen hundred passengers under hazardous conditions in submarine infested waters. When it was observed that the WAKEFIELD was burning beyond control, Captain Denebrink, with hazard to the ship's company and with risk of damage to his ship, maneuvered the BROOKLYN alongside the port quarter of the WAKEFIELD with a smart display of seamanship and shiphandling on two separate occasions and took off a large number of passengers. At the same time he directed the activities of the other ships taking part in the rescue, which was carried out without the loss of life or material damage to the assisting ships. The initiative, judgment, prompt and decisive action displayed by Captain Denebrink on this occasion reflects great credit upon the United States Naval Service.
General Orders: Commander in Chief Atlantic: Serial 2761 (October 14, 1942)
Action Date: September 3, 1942
Service: Navy
Rank: Captain
Company: Commanding Officer
Division: U.S.S. Brooklyn (CL-40
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