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Rindskopf, Maurice Herbert "Mike"

Date of birth:
September 27th, 1917 (New York, Brooklyn)
Date of death:
July 27th, 2011
Mentioned on:
United States Naval Academy Cemetery
Nationality:
American (1776 - present, Republic)

Biography

Rear Admiral. Buried at sea.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant
Unit:
U.S.S. Drum (SS-228), U.S. Navy
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Lieutenant Maurice Herbert Rindskopf (NSN: 0-81027), United States Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity in combat during World War II. During four extensive War Patrols of the U.S.S. DRUM (SS-228) in enemy waters and despite determined enemy opposition he courageously and skillfully performed his duties as Torpedo and Gunnery Officer of a United States Submarine and thus assisted materially in the sinking of an important amount of Japanese shipping. His excellent judgment and coolness under fire contributed in a large measure to the success of the ship. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Commander in Chief Pacific: Serial 33
Silver Star Medal (SSM)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Commander
Unit:
U.S.S. Drum (SS-228), U.S. Navy
Awarded on:
February 9th, 1945
Navy Cross
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Commander Maurice Herbert Rindskopf (NSN: 0-81027), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. DRUM (SS-228), on the ELEVENTH War Patrol of that submarine during the period 9 September 1944 to 8 November 1944, in enemy controlled waters of the Luzon Straits in the Philippine Islands. Through his daring, aggressive spirit and tenacity, Commander Rindskopf skillfully launched well-planned and smartly executed attacks which resulted in the sinking of enemy ships totaling over 24,000 tons and in damaging additional vessels totaling over 8,000 tons. Through his experience and sound judgment Commander Rindskopf brought his ship safely back to port. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to his officers and men and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Commander in Chief Pacific: Serial 01163

Sources

  • - Recipients of The Navy Cross, 1916 - Present, by C. Douglas Sterner