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Knowledge Identifier: +Bruce_McCandless
Officer of United States Navy who received the Medal of Honor during World War II for his heroism on board the USS San Francisco , during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, November 13, 1942
Born in 1911.
Country: Japan (100%)
Linked to: United States Navy, NASA
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Bruce McCandless was born in 1911
He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1932
He was serving as communications officer of "San Francisco" when the Empire of Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941
McCandless continued to serve on the "San Francisco" until 1944, when he took command of the destroyer
On April 8, 1945, during the Battle of Okinawa, "Gregory" was attacked and damaged by four kamikazes; her skipper was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry
Captain McCandless retired on September 1, 1952, with a terminal promotion to the rank of Rear Admiral
Bruce McCandless died in 1968
He died in Washington, D.C., on January 24, 1968, and was buried at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland , Md.
In 1971, the frigate was named in honor of RADM. McCandless and his father, Commodore Byron McCandless