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Samuel Jenkins

SurnameJenkins
Given NameSamuel
Born3 Jun 1893
Died10 Jun 1975
CountryUnited States
CategoryMilitary-Sea
GenderMale

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ww2dbaseSamuel Power Jenkins graduated from the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, United States in 1915. He became the first commanding officer of light cruiser USS Atlanta on 24 Dec 1941, and under his command the ship saw action in the Solomon Islands. During the First Naval Battle of Guadalcanal in Nov 1942, USS Atlanta was struck by one or two torpedo hits, rendering her dead in the water within minutes of the start of the engagement. Jenkins directed an efficient evacuation of the ship, and, after he had been taken off by tug boat Bobolink, stopped the eager Bobolink gunners from machine-gunning Japanese survivors floating in the water. For his leadership during this engagement, he was later awarded the Navy Cross medal. He retired at the rank of rear admiral after the war, and passed away in 1975.

ww2dbaseSources:
Samuel Eliot Morison, The Struggle for Guadalcanal
Wikipedia

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USS AtlantaMurray, Knox, and Jenkins received a War Bond check from Atlanta politician John Connor, Mar 1943




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Event(s) Participated:
» Guadalcanal Campaign
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Ship(s) Served:
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