CHARLES F. BRINDUPKE, CDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Charles Brindupke '32

Date of birth: September 10, 1908

Date of death: March 26, 1944

Age: 35

Lucky Bag

From the 1932 Lucky Bag:


Loss

1932 Brindupke 1.jpg

Charles was lost when USS Tullibee (SS 284) was sunk by her own torpedo during an attack on a Japanese convoy near the Palau Islands on March 26, 1944.

His wife was listed as next of kin. (She sponsored USS Tullibee (SSN 597), commissioned in 1960.)

From Find A Grave:

EVENING CAPITAL, ANNAPOLIS, MD., FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 1946, FRONT PAGE & PAGE FIVE

COMDR. BRINDUPKE MISSING SINCE MARCH 27, 1944

Comdr. Charles F. Brindupke, USN, officially listed as dead by the Navy Department, has been missing since the USS Tullibee, submarine which he commanded, was lost March 27, 1944, off Palau. Only one survivor was picked up from the Tullibee.

The notice from the Navy Department was received here yesterday.

Commander Brindupke, whose wife and daughter, Nancy, 10, reside at 5 Murray avenue, had served much of the time in submarine duty since his graduation from the Naval Academy in the class of 1932.

After leaving submarine school in 1934 he had a three years tour of duty in China, followed by tours at New London and in Panama. During the war he commanded the USS Bonita, preceding taking command of the Tullibee. For successful patrols in the latter ship he won three awards: the silver star and two bronze star medals.

He and his family previously resided in Annapolis when he studied at the Post Graduate school. Mrs. Brindupke and Nancy, who was born in Tsingtao, China, returned to Annapolis when Commander Brindupke went out with the Tullibee in 1943.

Mrs. Brindupke was, before her marriage, Miss Ann Rogers, of Howard county.

Career

From Fleet Organization:

  • Under Instruction Post Graduate School United States Naval Academy 1939
  • Duty USS Overton (DD-239) 1 Oct 1939
  • Duty cfo Bonita 1 Jul 1940
  • Engineering Officer USS Bonita (SS-165) 1 Nov 1940
  • Executive Officer USS Bonita (SS-165) 1 Oct 1941 - 30 Jun 1942
  • Captain USS Bonita (SS-165) 19 Aug 1942 - 30 Sep 1942
  • Captain USS Tullibee (SS-284) 15 Feb 1943 - 26 Mar 1944
  • Lieutenant (j.g.) 2 Jun 1935
  • Lieutenant 29 Dec 1939
  • Lieutenant Commander (T) 15 Jun 1942
  • Commander (T) 18 Nov 1942

Silver Star

Charles being awarded the Silver Star by ADM Nimitz

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Commander Charles Frederic Brindupke (NSN: 0-71489), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. TULLIPBEE (SS-284) during the SECOND War Patrol of that Submarine from 28 September to 16 November 1943, in enemy Japanese-controlled waters in the Pacific War Area. Displaying brilliant tactical skill and fearless determination, Commander Brindupke attacked a group of hostile vessels, sinking and damaging an important amount of enemy tonnage. Following the engagement, when the Japanese violently depth-charged and bombed the submarine, sending her to the bottom, he coolly and courageously extricated his ship and throughout the ensuing day skillfully avoided severe air and surface countermeasures by the enemy. During two later engagements, he inflicted extensive damage on a hostile tanker and carried out a devastating bombardment of installations on an enemy-held island. Commander Brindupke's inspiring leadership and the loyal devotion to duty of his officers and men were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Pacific Fleet Board of Awards: Serial 46 (February 18, 1944)
Action Date: September 28 - November 16, 1943
Service: Navy
Rank: Commander
Division: U.S.S. Tullibee (SS-284)

Bronze Star

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Bronze Star Medal to Commander Charles Frederic Brindupke (NSN: 0-71489), United States Navy, for meritorious service as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. TULLIBEE (SS-284), during the FIRST War Patrol of that Submarine in enemy-controlled waters from 19 July to 6 September 1943. A skilled and aggressive leader, Commander Brindupke boldly penetrated the enemy's heavy escort screen to launch vigorous, brilliantly executed torpedo attacks which resulted in the sinking and damaging of an important amount of Japanese shipping. By his expert evasive tactics and cool and courageous action in the face of grave danger, Commander Brindupke contributed essentially to the success of his ship in evading strong hostile countermeasures throughout a period of bitter offensive action and his zealous devotion to duty throughout reflects the highest credit upon himself, his gallant command and the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: July 19 - September 6, 1943
Service: Navy
Rank: Commander
Company: Commanding Officer
Division: U.S.S. Tullibee (SS-284)

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Bronze Star Medal to Commander Charles Frederic Brindupke (NSN: 0-71489), United States Navy, for meritorious service as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. TULLIBEE (SS-284), during the Third War Patrol of that Submarine in enemy-controlled waters from 14 December 1943 to 10 February 1944. Operating dangerously near hostile shores and in the face of bitter opposition, Commander Brindupke boldly delivered smashing torpedo attacks against heavily escorted hostile convoys, contributing materially to the success of his vessel in sinking an important amount of enemy shipping and, by his skillful evasive tactics during strong depth-charge counterattacks, returned safe to port undamaged. His forceful and aggressive leadership and the gallant fighting spirit of the officers and men under his command reflect the highest credit upon the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander in Chief Pacific: Serial 01914 (March 5, 1945)
Action Date: December 14, 1943 - February 10, 1944
Service: Navy
Rank: Commander
Company: Commanding Officer
Division: U.S.S. Tullibee (SS-284)


Class of 1932

Charles is one of 52 members of the Class of 1932 in Memorial Hall.