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)

Navy Directories & Officer Registers

The "Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps" was published annually from 1815 through at least the 1970s; it provided rank, command or station, and occasionally billet until the beginning of World War II when command/station was no longer included. Scanned copies were reviewed and data entered from the mid-1840s through 1922, when more-frequent Navy Directories were available.

The Navy Directory was a publication that provided information on the command, billet, and rank of every active and retired naval officer. Single editions have been found online from January 1915 and March 1918, and then from three to six editions per year from 1923 through 1940; the final edition is from April 1941.

The entries in both series of documents are sometimes cryptic and confusing. They are often inconsistent, even within an edition, with the name of commands; this is especially true for aviation squadrons in the 1920s and early 1930s.

Alumni listed at the same command may or may not have had significant interactions; they could have shared a stateroom or workspace, stood many hours of watch together… or, especially at the larger commands, they might not have known each other at all. The information provides the opportunity to draw connections that are otherwise invisible, though, and gives a fuller view of the professional experiences of these alumni in Memorial Hall.

October 1932

Ensign, USS Tennessee

Others at this command: ENS Willis Thomas '31, ENS Edwin Hurst '32, and ENS Robert Goodgame, Jr. '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Charles Skelly '27 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B) and LTjg Finley Hall '29 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B).

January 1933

Ensign, USS Tennessee

Others at this command: ENS Willis Thomas '31, ENS Edwin Hurst '32, and ENS Robert Goodgame, Jr. '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Charles Skelly '27 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B) and LTjg Finley Hall '29 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B).

April 1933

Ensign, USS Tennessee

Others at this command: ENS Edwin Hurst '32 and ENS Robert Goodgame, Jr. '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Charles Skelly '27 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B) and LTjg Finley Hall '29 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B).

July 1933

Ensign, USS Tennessee

Others at this command: LT Willford Hyman '24, ENS Edwin Hurst '32, and ENS Herbert Fulmer, Jr. '33.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Finley Hall '29 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B).

October 1933

Ensign, USS Tennessee

Others at this command: LT Willford Hyman '24, ENS Edwin Hurst '32, and ENS Herbert Fulmer, Jr. '33.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Finley Hall '29 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B).

April 1934

Ensign, USS Tennessee

Others at this command: LT Willford Hyman '24, ENS Edwin Hurst '32, and ENS Herbert Fulmer, Jr. '33.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Finley Hall '29 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B).

July 1934

Ensign, under instruction, Submarine Base New London, Connecticut

Others at this command: LTjg Samuel Dealey '30, ENS Henry Brossy '31, and ENS Willis Thomas '31.

October 1934

Ensign, under instruction, Submarine Base New London, Connecticut

Others at this command: LTjg Samuel Dealey '30, LTjg Henry Brossy '31, and LTjg Willis Thomas '31.

January 1935

Ensign, for assignment, 16th Naval District

Others at this command: LCDR Ryland Tisdale '15.

April 1935

Ensign, for assignment, Submarine Squadron 5, USS Canopus

Others at this command: CDR Sherwood Picking '11.

October 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-40

January 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-40

April 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-40

July 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-40

January 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), engineering officer, USS S-40

April 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), engineering officer, USS S-40

September 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Seal

Others at this command: LTjg Francis Brown '33.

January 1938

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Seal

Others at this command: LTjg Francis Brown '33.

July 1938

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Seal

Others at this command: LTjg Francis Brown '33.

January 1939

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Seal

Others at this command: LTjg Francis Brown '33.

October 1939

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Overton

November 1940

Lieutenant, USS Bonita

Others at this command: LTjg Greer Duncan, Jr. '37.

April 1941

Lieutenant, USS Bonita

Others at this command: LTjg Greer Duncan, Jr. '37.


Class of 1932

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