Albert H. Rooks

Albert H. Rooks

Albert H. Rooks, USN,Commanding Officer, "Houston" (CA-30), circa 1940–1941.
Albert Harold Rooks (December 29, 1891 – March 1, 1942) was a Captain in the United States Navy who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor during World War II.


Albert Harold Rooks was born in Colton, Washington, on December 29, 1891. He entered the United States Naval Academy as a midshipman July 13, 1910, and was commissioned in the rank of ensign upon graduation on June 6, 1914. During the next seven years, among them the First World War years of 1917–18, he served in several ships, including "West Virginia" (ACR-5),
"St. Louis" (CA-18). He commanded the submarines "A-5" (SS-6), "B-2" (SS-11),
"F-2" (SS-21), and "H-4" (SS-147).

In 1921, Lieutenant Rooks joined the staff of the Twelfth Naval District, at San Francisco, California, remaining there until 1925, the year he was promoted to Lieutenant Commander. He next spent three years on board the battleship "New Mexico" (BB-40), followed by duty at the U.S. Naval Academy. In 1930, he helped commission the new cruiser "Northampton" (CA-26) and served in her until 1933, when he returned to the Naval Academy for a second tour.

In February 1936 Commander Rooks placed the new destroyer "Phelps" (DD-360) in commission and remained as her Commanding Officer until 1938. His next assignment was as a student at the Naval War College, and, upon completion of his studies, he served on that institution's staff. He was promoted to the rank of Captain on July 1, 1940, while still at the War College. In 1941 Rooks took command of the heavy cruiser "Houston" (CA-30), flagship of the Asiatic Fleet. He took his ship through the painfully difficult first three months of the Pacific War, when the Asiatic Fleet and its British and Dutch counterparts fought desperately against an overwhelming Japanese onslaught into Southeast Asia, the Philippines and the East Indies. Both "Houston" and her Commanding Officer were lost in the Battle of Sunda Strait, on March 1, 1942.

Captain Rooks was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for "extraordinary heroism, outstanding courage, gallantry in action and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the USS "Houston" during the period of 4 to February 27, 1942, while in action with superior Japanese enemy aerial and surface forces." During this period "Houston" survived six air attacks and one major naval engagement, doing considerable damage to the enemy while being heavily damaged herself in one air attack and in the naval engagement. Captain Rooks died on the bridge as a result of enemy-inflicted wounds and went down with his ship after her courageous fight against overwhelming odds.

Namesake and honors

In 1944, the destroyer USS "Rooks" (DD-804) was named in honor of Captain Rooks.

The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers maintains Rooks Park [ [ Rooks Park - Bennington Lake Recreation Areas - Walla Walla District - USACE ] ] , five miles east of Walla Walla, Washington, named in honor of Captain Rooks.

ee also


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

См. также в других словарях:

  • Albert H. Rooks — Albert H. Rooks. Albert Harold Rooks (Colton Washington, 29 de diciembre de 1891 1 de marzo de 1942), fue un oficial de los Estados Unidos, participó en la Segunda Guerra Mundial y recibió la Medalla de Honor a título póstumo. El 13 de julio de… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Rooks — can refer to:People: * Albert Harold Rooks (29 December 1891 1 March 1942), Captain in U.S. Navy, World War II Medal of Honor recipient Places: * Counties: ** Rooks County, Kansas* Cities and towns: ** Rooks, North Carolina ** Rooks Creek,… …   Wikipedia

  • USS Rooks (DD-804) — Career (United States) Namesake: Albert H. Rooks …   Wikipedia

  • USS Rooks (DD-804) — Cochrane Banderas …   Wikipedia Español

  • Schlacht in der Sundastraße — Teil von: Zweiter Weltkrieg; Pazifikkrieg Sundastraße mi …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Battle of Sunda Strait — Infobox Military Conflict conflict=Battle of Sunda Strait caption=An oil painting, HMAS Perth fights to the last, 28th February, 1942 , by official war artist Murray Griffin. It was painted circa 1942 43 at Changi Prison, Singapore, where Perth… …   Wikipedia

  • List of World War II topics (A) — # A 20 Havoc # A 25 Helldiver # A 26 Invader # A 31 Vengeance # A A line # A Bell for Adano (novel) # A Blank in the Weather Map # A Bridge Too Far (book) # A Bridge Too Far (film) # A Canterbury Tale # A Challenge to Democracy # A class… …   Wikipedia

  • Batalla del estrecho de la Sonda — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Batalla del estrecho de la Sonda Parte de la Campaña de las Indias Orientales Holandesas en la Segunda Guerra Mundial …   Wikipedia Español

  • USS Houston (CA-30) — Este artículo o sección necesita referencias que aparezcan en una publicación acreditada, como revistas especializadas, monografías, prensa diaria o páginas de Internet fidedignas. Puedes añadirlas así o avisar …   Wikipedia Español

  • Colton, Washington —   Town   Location of Colton, Washington …   Wikipedia

Поделиться ссылкой на выделенное

Прямая ссылка:
Нажмите правой клавишей мыши и выберите «Копировать ссылку»