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Arnold True

SurnameTrue
Given NameArnold
Born23 Jan 1901
Died11 Dec 1979
CountryUnited States
CategoryMilitary-Sea
GenderMale

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ww2dbaseArnold E. True was born in Owenton, Kentucky, on 23 January 1901. Graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1920, he served in cruisers, destroyers and other ships, as well as with airships until 1929, when he began the study of Aerology and Meteorology. After receiving his Master of Science Degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1931, he practiced those disciplines in a variety of Navy positions.

ww2dbaseLieutenant Commander True attended the Naval War College in 1938-39 and assumed command of the new destroyer Hammann (DD-412) in August 1939. He was that ship's Commanding Officer until she was sunk on 6 June 1942, during the Battle of Midway. He commanded Destroyer Division Four in 1942-43 and then served in Navy Weather and Aerology billets. Captain True retired from active duty in December 1946 and was simultaneously advanced to Flag rank. Rear Admiral Arnold E. True died at Palo Alto, California, on 11 December 1979.

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23 Jan 1901 Arnold True was born.
11 Dec 1979 Arnold True passed away.

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Commander Arnold True, commanding officer of USS Hammann during Battle of Midway, receiving Navy Cross award from William Halsey, Oct 1942




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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Samantha Haubrich says:
15 Aug 2006 10:47:37 AM

this is my great grandfather he was married to my great grandmother corrine true and my grandfather is chris true!
2. SHARI WHELEN-CLAUDIUS says:
19 Aug 2006 03:44:15 AM

I AM SAMANTHAS MOM AND WAS NOT MARRIED INTO THE FAMILYBUT SAM BEING A PART OF THERE FAMILY WAS NO DIFFERENT .ARNOLD WOULD BE SO PROUD OF HIS SON CHRIS HIS WIFE VERONICA HIS GRANDAUGHTER AND OF COURSE HIS DEAR WIFE THAT JUST PASSED.WHO I HAVE KNOWN FOR ABOUT 18 YRS.A SALUTE TO AND TO ALL OF THE US MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN.
3. Alberta Auringer Wood says:
14 Jan 2007 12:42:54 PM

While transcribing a journal kept by my mother while touring in Europe in 1968, I found a reference to Admiral True. My mother and father met him and his wife Corrine on a train from Florence to Switzerland. They enjoyed meeting them and my mother noted that they were Very nice and interesting Couple. Must keep in touch. I checked Google in hopes of verifying the spelling of Corrine as my mothers handwriting didnt make it very clear. It was nice to read about Admiral True in the process. I was sorry to read that both he and his wife have passed away as have my parents.
4. Lynn Lard says:
13 Jul 2007 09:14:03 AM

In 1966 I was part of class of 30 or so newly commissioned 2d Lts in the USAF, sent for a years meteorology training at San Jose State University. Adm (ret) True was one of our instructors. He was a fine gentleman, and we all enjoyed hearing his stories of his naval experiences during the Pacific war. As Ive gotten older one of my favorite pastimes is reading about WW II, and I frequently think back of him and my association with him. I wish I had asked him more questions, and could have appreciated him more then as I do now. His contribution to this nation was no small thing! His ships efforts rescuing survivors of the Yorktown at the battle of Midway deserves special appreciation by many.

To all his family - I wish you the best.
Lynn Lard
5. William M. Clune (meteorologist) says:
12 Feb 2008 08:45:46 PM

I first met Adm. True in Meteorology classes at SJSU in 1961 when he was chairman of the department. He was one of the most interesting, intelligent and gentlemanly men I've ever met. back then. -
6. matt true says:
27 Feb 2010 02:30:24 PM

just researching True family members in the military, etc and came across this person. I served as a sgt in the marine corps. I am from somerset, ky and would like to know more about how to trace the geneology
7. Anonymous says:
25 Jul 2010 07:51:06 PM

I've made a memorial profile for him here...
http://navy.togetherweserved.com/usn/servlet/tws.webapp.WebApp?cmd=Profile&type=Person&ID=526706
8. E.W. True says:
16 Feb 2012 02:26:37 AM

I have a three volume collection of the true family histry. Contact me if you want.
9. Chuck Scimeca says:
15 Sep 2012 07:50:01 PM

My father-in-law, Ken Williams, retired USN and Admiral True were friends and instructors at San Jose State and helped the admiral set up the meterological department there. They also were very concerned about the Viet Nam conflict in 1963 and sent a letter to President Johnson in that year to assist him in development of sound approaches if we were to be involved in that part of the world.
10. Syd Kahre says:
4 Sep 2015 09:27:10 AM

"Admiral True" as he was respectfully known, was my meteorology instructor at San Jose State in 1952. I was unaware of his WWII experiences until quite recently. He was wonderful professor and well respected.
11. Anonymous says:
30 May 2016 06:18:18 PM

I was googling for information about Gerda Isenberg, founder of the Yerba Buena Nursery on her ranch off Skyline Blvd near Woodside, when I remembered meeting her and Admiral True at the San Mateo County Planning Department. This would have been some time in the 60's, when the County was interested in preserving the scenic qualities of Skyline Blvd. I believe that Admiral True and Ms. Isenberg were both pacifists and belonged to an organization of pacifists with spiritual overtones. Very interesting people.

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Commander Arnold True, commanding officer of USS Hammann during Battle of Midway, receiving Navy Cross award from William Halsey, Oct 1942




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