Hyman George Rickover
Admiral, United States Navy
"Father of the Nuclear Navy" was born in Makow, Russia (now Poland) on
January 27, 1900. He emigrated to the United States with his family in
He served on active duty with the United States Navy for more than 63 years, receiving exemptions from the mandatory retirement age due to his critical service in the building of the United States Navy's nuclear surface and submarine force.
He died at home in Arlington, Virginia, on July 8, 1986 and was buried in Section 5 at Arlington National Cemetery. His first wife, Ruth Masters Rickover (1903-1972) is buried with him and the name of his second wife, Eleanore A. Bednowicz Rickover, whom he met while she was serving as a Commander in the Navy Nurse Corps, is inscribed on his gravestone.
Admiral & Mrs. Rickover with President and Mrs. Carter
(Photo Courtesy of the National Archives)
\Photo courtesy of Ron Williams