Lieutenant Ralph W. Elden

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Lieutenant Ralph W. Elden

Birthplace: New York, NY, United States
Death: June 06, 1942 (34) (Military Action, Battle of Midway, USS Hammann)
Immediate Family:

Husband of Margaret Elden
Father of Private

Occupation: Naval Officer
Managed by: Dan Berwin Brockman
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About Lieutenant Ralph W. Elden

GENERAL ORDERS: Authority: Board of Awards: Serial 19 (October 14, 1942)

CITATION: The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Ralph Waldo Elden (NSN: 0-70255), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and extreme disregard for personal safety while serving as Executive Officer of the Destroyer U.S.S. HAMMANN (DD-412), during action against enemy Japanese forces near Midway Island, on 6 June 1942. When the Commanding Officer was temporarily disabled, Lieutenant Elden immediately took charge and, with cool courage and unfailing presence of mind, continued to direct abandon ship operations aboard the rapidly sinking vessel until the decks were completely awash and he went down into the sea. A few seconds thereafter he was killed by an underwater explosion. While faithfully and efficiently performing his duties he gallantly gave up his life in the service of his country.

His son's personal remininace is online here:,_LT,_USN

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Lieutenant Ralph W. Elden's Timeline

July 10, 1907
New York, NY, United States
June 6, 1942
Age 34