Robert Henry English
Rear Admiral,.United States Navy
February 1943 Press Report:
Missing on Duty. Rear Admiral Robert Henry
English, 55, commander of the Pacific Fleet's submarine force; somewhere
near the west coast. A plane carrying him from Pearl Harbor circled near
San Francisco, disappeared in the fog, four days later had not yet been
heard from. He commanded the submarine 0-4 in War I, won the Navy Cross
for patrol duty, was made commander of the Pacific submarines in 1941.
In 1917, while commanding O-4 (SS-65), he won the Navy Cross for his great heroism in rescuing an officer trapped in O-5 (SS-66) after an explosion. After a series of important assignments, he became commanding officer of Helena (CL-50), and during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 7 December 1941 was one of the first to bring his ship into action.
On 14 May 1942, he became Commander, Submarines, U.S. Pacific Fleet, and was so serving when killed in an airplane accident in California 21 January 1943. For his exceptionally meritorious service in his last assignment, Rear Admiral English was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Medal.
The USS English (DD-696), an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer, was named in his honor.
English, Robert Henry
Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy
Commanding Officer, U.S.S. O-4
Date Of Action: World War I
The Navy Cross is awarded to Lieutenant Commander
Robert Henry English, U.S. Navy, for distinguished service as commanding
officer of the U.S.S. 0-4, engaged in the important, exacting and hazardous
duty of patrolling the waters infested by enemy submarines, destroyers
and mines, protecting vitally important convoys of troops and supplies
and in offensive and defensive action, vigorously and unremittingly prosecuted
against all forms of enemy naval activity.
English, Robert Henry
The Navy Cross is awarded to Lieutenant Commander Robert Henry English, U.S. Navy, for his heroic conduct upon the occasion of the explosion on the U.S.S. 0-5. At the risk of his own life he entered the after battery compartment, which was filled with smoke and debris from the exploding batteries, and rescued Lieutenant Commander G. A. Trever, U.S.N., from being burned to death. Other Award: Navy Cross (WWI).
Rank/Rate Rear Admiral (COMSUBPAC)
Birth Date January 16, 1888
From Warrenton, Georgia
Decorations Navy Cross, Distinguished Service Medal
Command Commander, U.S. Submarines, Pacific Fleet
Loss Date January 21, 1943
Location Near Booneville, California, north of San Francisco
Circumstances Killed in plane crash
Photo By Russell C. Jacobs, October 2009
ENGLISH, ROBERT HENRY
Posted: 9 December 2006 Updated: 23 October 2009