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Rear Admiral Maurice H. Rindskopf

Jewish Generals and Admirals in America's Military

Rear Admiral Maurice
H. Rindskopf: Youngest
Submarine Commander, WW II

by Seymour “Sy Brody

Rear Admiral Maurice H. Rindskopf was the youngest submarine commander in World War II and he received the Distinguished Alumni Honor Award in 2007.

Rindskopf helped to develop critical modern submarine war tactics. When he was 26, he was the youngest commanding officer of a fleet submarine in the Pacific Fleet. His submarine was on 11 consecutive patrols which resulted in the sinking of 15 enemy ships and damaging 11 more.

Rindskopf was born on September 27, 1917, in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from Poly Prep Country Day School in 1934. He entered the U.S. Naval Academy in 1934. He was very athletic when he was at the Naval Academy. He received letters in basketball, lacrosse and played four years of football. He became a member of the national championship lacrosse team of 1938.

He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1938 and received the commission of ensign. Rindskopf was assigned to the battleship Colorado for two years. In 1940, he had submarine training and after one year he reported to the new fleet submarine Drum as an officer. After nine war patrols, he was in command for two more patrols. His submarine had sunk or damaged 80,000 tons of enemy shipping.

After World War II, Rindskopf assisted in the development of modern submarine fire control and tactics. In the Cold War with Russia, he commanded two submarine flotillas and pioneered the concept of hydrofoil craft as he directed harbor defense for the Navy

Rindskopf became a director of Naval Intelligence and assistant chief of staff for Intelligence for the Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet.

In 1972, Rear Admiral Rindskopf retired from active duty and went to work for Westinghouse in their Oceanic Division in Annapolis. He was with Westinghouse for 16 years visiting customers through the world.

Admiral Rindskopf and his wife, Sylvia, live in Annapolis. They are avid fans of the Navy sports programs and activities. He has served as President of USNA Class of 1938 for 14 years.

Rear admiral received many awards and honors: He has received the Navy Cross, Silver Star and Bronze Star. The citation for the Navy Cross is
“The Navy Cross is awarded to Maurice H. Rindskopf, Commander, U.S. Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity in action as Commanding Officer of the U.S.N. Drum (SS-228) on the eleventh War Patrol of that submarine during the period, 9 September 1944 to 8November enemy controlled waters of the Luzon Straits in the Philippines. Through his daring, aggressive spirit and tenacity, Commander Rindskopf skillfully launched well-planned and smartly executed attacks which resulted in the sinking of enemy ships totaling over 20,000 tons and in damaging additional vessels totaling over 8,000 tons. Through his experience and sound judgement, he brought his ship safely back to port. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to his officers and men and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.”

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