USS English (DD-696): Destroyer, Rear Admiral, Robert Henry English, USS Helena, Navy Cross

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High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! USS English (DD-696), an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer, named for Rear Admiral Robert Henry English, a submariner who commanded the Helena and was awarded the Navy Cross and the Navy Distinguished Service Medal. Rear Admiral English was so serving when killed in a flying boat accident in California 21 January 1943. English was launched 27 February 1944 by Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Kearny, New Jersey; sponsored by Ensign Eloise W. English, USNR(W), daughter of Rear Admiral English; and commissioned 4 May 1944, Commander James Thomas Smith in command.

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