Earle Wayne Freed Childs
Life & Career
Childs graduated the Naval Academy as a member of the Class of 1915, and was promoted to the rank of Ensign on 5 June, 1915. He was appointed to the submarine tender Fulton on 4 September, 1915 for submarine duty.
The U.S. Navy's rapid growth meant junior officers were promoted quickly, and Childs was one of many who benefited. As a lieutenant, he served in the submarine L-2 after America's entry into the First World War. Shortly afterwards he was sent to work with the Royal Navy's submarine forces as an observer. While performing this duty, Childs was killed when the British submarine H 5 was rammed and sunk with all hands by the S.S. Rutherglen in Carnarvon Bay on the night of 2 March, 1918.
The U.S. Navy subsequently named the destroyer Childs in his honor.
- Register of Officers, 1917. pp. 70-71.
- Register of Officers, 1917. p. 70-71.
- The Technical History and Index, Vol. 1, Part 1. p. 7.