Harry Lerch Brinser
Rear Admiral, United States Navy
Lerch Brinser (1976-1945)
Born on November 11, 1876 in Middletown, Pennsylvania.
Graduated from Annapolis in 1899 and commissioned in 1901. Served aboard the Santiago at the battle of Santiago Bay in the Spanish-American War. Commanding Officer of the Columbia and the Mercury in World War I and the Rigel 1922-1925.
Graduated from the Naval War College in 1928. Commanding Officer of the Mississippi 1930-1932. Rear Admiral in September 1932. Director of Navy Yards October 1932-May 1935. Commander of Cruiser Division Four 1935-1937. President of the Board of Inspection and Survey July 1937-December 1940.
Retired in December 1940. Recalled to active duty in World War II as Inspector of Naval Material in New York City. Served December 1941 until his death December 9, 1945.
Decorations included the Navy Cross and Legion of Merit.
Brinser, Harry L.
Captain, U.S. Navy
Commanding Officer, U.S.S. Mercury & U.S.S. Columbia
Date Of Action: World War I
The Navy Cross is awarded to Captain Harry
L. Brinser, U.S. Navy, for distinguished service in the line of his profession
as commanding officer of the U.S.S. Mercury and the U.S.S. Columbia, engaged
in the important, exacting and hazardous duty of transporting and escorting
troops and supplies to European ports through waters infested with enemy
submarines and mines.
BRINSER, NATALIE BULKLEY
Posted: 25 June 2007