RADM Henry C Bruton

Rear Admiral HENRY C. BRUTON received the second Navy Cross of three for extraordinary heroism and conspicuous courage as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. GREENLING in action against Japanese naval forces in enemy controlled waters during the period from September 23 to November 1, 1942. Undeterred by numerous anti-submarine patrol craft and the severe enemy counter-offensive, Commander Bruton conducted a consistently successful and aggressive war patrol against a determined and relentless foe. His superb seamanship, skill and inspiring leadership enabled the GREENLING to sink a total of 32,050 tons of enemy shipping and to damage severely one converted aircraft carrier of 22,000 tons. Commander Bruton brought his ship through unscathed and his crew home without loss or injury and with fighting spirit undiminished.

Admiral Bruton joined the Legion of Valor in 1963 and resided in Paris, France.
To view Mr. Brutons’ Second Gold Star citation.
To view Mr. Brutons’ Navy Cross citation.

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