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World War II - U.S. Navy

Daniel Judson Callaghan

  • Rank: Rear Admiral
  • Conflict/Era: World War II
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. San Francisco (flagship)
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: November 12 - 13, 1942
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Iron Bottom Sound, Savo Island, Solomon Islands
For extraordinary heroism and conspicuous intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty during action against enemy Japanese forces off Savo Island on the night of 12 to 13 November 1942. Although outbalanced in strength and numbers by a desperate and determined enemy, Rear Adm. Callaghan, with ingenious tactical skill and superb coordination of the units under his command, led his forces into battle against tremendous odds, thereby contributing decisively to the rout of a powerful invasion fleet, and to the consequent frustration of a formidable Japanese offensive. While faithfully directing close-range operations in the face of furious bombardment by superior enemy firepower, he was killed on the bridge of his flagship. His courageous initiative, inspiring leadership, and judicious foresight in a crisis of grave responsibility were in keeping with the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the defense of his country.
Medal of Honor Recipient Daniel J. Callaghan
Medal of Honor Recipient Daniel J. Callaghan
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Oakland, Alameda County, California
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: December 9, 1942
    The White House, presented by Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt to his Son
  • Born: July 26, 1890, San Francisco, San Francisco County, CA, United States
  • Died: November 13, 1942, Solomon Islands
  • Buried: A.B.M.C. Manila Cemetery (Wall of the Missing); buried at sea, Manila, Philippine Islands

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