Charles Purcell Cecil, USN

Born  4 Sep 1893Louisville, Kentucky
Died  31 Jul 1944(50)Air crash in the Pacific

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1 Nov 1936 Cdr.
30 Jun 1942 Capt.


26 Oct 1942 Navy Cross (1)
6 Jul 1943 Navy Cross (1)

Warship Commands listed for Charles Purcell Cecil, USN

USS Helena (i) (CL 50)Capt.Light cruiser23 Nov 19426 Jul 1943

Career information

Captain Charles Purcell Cecil was awarded his first Navy Cross for his command of destroyer squadron FIVE while engaging the Japanese north of Santa Cruz Islands on 26 Oct 1942. His command was on the destroyer USS Porter (DD 356) that was lost in the battle.

Cecil then took command of the cruiser USS Helena in Nov 1942 - the ship was lost in July 1943 during the battle of Kula Golf. Rear Admiral Charles Purcell Cecil was killed when his plane crashed at a Pacific base on 31 July 1944.

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