Calvin Hayes Cobb
Vice Admiral, United States Navy
and Photo Courtesy of Russell C. Jacobs: June 2007
Calvin Hayes Cobb (1889-1961)
Born on November 21, 1889 in Kittery, Maine.
Graduated from Annapolis in 1911. Served aboard the Minnesota at the civilian uprising in Guantanamo, Cuba in 1912 and at Vera Cruz in 1913. Commanding Officer of the Duncan during World War I 1916-1919. Commanded the destroyers Monaghan, Drayton and Walker in 1919, then the Percival July 1922-April 1925. Commanding Officer of the Billingsley and the J. Fred Talbott 1927-1930. Assistant Naval Attache in Paris, Lisbon and Madrid August 1930-May 1933. Commanding Officer of the Nitro 1939-1940.
Duty at Annapolis 1940-1942. Commanding Officer of the battleship Mississippi June-November 1942. Rear Admiral in November 1942. Commander of Service Squadron South Pacific 1942-1944. President of the Naval Examining and Retiring Board 1944-1945. Commander of Naval Forces Ryukyus January-August 1945. Commandant of U.S. Naval Base Philadelphia 1945-1946. Vice Admiral upon retirement in November 1946. Decorations included the Navy Cross and Legion of Merit.
Died on March 29, 1961.
Cobb, Calvin H.
Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy
Commanding Officer, U.S.S. Duncan
Date Of Action: World War I
The Navy Cross is awarded to Lieutenant Commander
Calvin H. Cobb, U.S. Navy, for distinguished service in the line of his
profession as commanding officer of the U.S.S. Duncan, engaged in the important,
exacting and hazardous duty of, patrolling the waters infested with enemy
submarines and mines, in escorting and protecting vitally important convoys
of troops and supplies through these waters, and in offensive and defensive
action, vigorously and unremittingly prosecuted against all forms of enemy