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First Name: James

Last Name: Hirshfield

Birthplace: Cincinnati, OH, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Coast Guard (1790 - present)


Home of Record: San Antonio, TX
Middle Name: A.

Date of Birth: 30 July 1902

Date of Death: 16 May 1993

Rank or Rate: Vice Admiral

Years Served:
James Albert Hirshfield

Graduate, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Class of 1925

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


James Albert Hirshfield

Vice Admiral, U. S. Coast Guard

Navy Cross

James Hirshfield graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Class of 1925. From 1954 to 1962 he served as the 6th Assistant Commandant of the United States Coast Guard. He retired as a U.S. Coast Guard Vice Admiral in 1962.

Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 317 (August 1943) & 332 (November 1944)
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Commander James Albert Hirshfield, United States Coast Guard, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. CAMPBELL (WPG-32) during action against an enemy submarine in the Atlantic War Area on 22 February 1943.
Surprising the hostile undersea craft on the surface during escort operations, Commander Hirshfield, in a quick attempt to ram, collided with the vessel and destroyed it in a fierce attack by depth charges and point-blank fire. Although painfully wounded by flying shell splinters, he gallantly remained in command throughout the action and during the subsequent period while the Campbell was towed safely into port with several prisoners from the sunken submarine. Commander Hirshfield's inspiring leadership and the valiant devotion to duty of his command contributed in large measure to the outstanding success of this vital mission and reflects great credit upon the United States Naval Service.

James A. Hirshfield
Vice Admiral, USCG (Ret.)
VADM James A. Hirshfield died of complications after undergoing surgery at the age of 90.
Beloved Wife: Marjorie Prentis Hirshfield
Son: James Hirshfield, Jr.
Mary Hirshfield Jones
Katherine Hirshfield Wallace

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Texas WWII Exceptional Gallantry

Honoree ID: 315798   Created by: drjones46




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