Charles Bowers Momsen
Vice Admiral Charles Bowers Momsen, (21 June, 1896 – 25 May, 1967) served in the United States Navy. Momsen would become famous for his innovations in submarine rescue techniques and hardware, and most of all for rescuing the crew of the sunken U.S.S. Squalus in 1939.
Life & Career
Charles Bowers Momsen was born in Flushing, New York on 21 June, 1896.
Momsen was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy on 23 June, 1914 from Minnesota. In the wake of a cheating scandal in 1916 examinations were made exceptionally stringent and Momsen was one of many cadets who suffered, being forced to resign after marginally failing his Spanish language course. He was able to secure re-entry thanks to dogged correspondence with Democratic Congressman Carl C. Van Dyke, and graduated with the Class of 1919.
- Maas, Peter (2001). The Terrible Hours: The Greatest Submarine Rescue in History. New York: Perennial.
Conrad A. Krez
|Captain of U.S.S. O-15
before 1 Jan, 1924
Herbert W. Jackson
|Captain of U.S.S. R-24
before 1 Jul, 1924 – after 1 Jan, 1925
- Register of Officers, 1915. p. 154.
- Maas. p. 55-56.
- Register of Officers, 1924. pp. 104-105.
- Navy Directory 1 July, 1924 p. 169.
- Register of Officers, 1925. pp. 100-101.