Robert Henry English

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Rear Admiral Robert Henry English (January 16, 1888 – January 21, 1943) served in the United States Navy.

Life & Career

English was born in Warrenton, Georgia, and he was a member of the United States Naval Academy class of 1911.

While captain of submarine O-4, he was awarded the Navy Cross for his great heroism in rescuing the captain of O-5, George Arthur Trever, who was trapped and endangered by fire in the battery compartment after an explosion.

He later commanded light cruiser Helena (CL-50). During the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, he was one of the first to bring his ship into action.

English then served as the commander of America's Pacific Submarine Force during the beginning of the war, until being killed in a airliner crash in California.

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Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Rush S. Fay
Captain of U.S.S. D-3
Succeeded by
Benjamin H. Page
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of U.S.S. O-4
29 May, 1918[3]
Succeeded by
James P. Compton


  1. Register of Officers, 1916. p. 48.
  2. Register of Officers, 1917. p. 54.
  3. Register of Officers, 1919. pp. 52-53.