EGBERT A. ROTH, CDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Egbert Roth '29

Date of birth: December 10,1905

Date of death: October 24, 1944

Age: 38

Lucky Bag

From the 1929 Lucky Bag:

Loss

Egbert was lost when the Japanese "Hell Ship" he was aboard, Arisan Maru, was sunk by an American submarine on October 24, 1944.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

Wartime Service

Unable to determine when Egbert took command of USS Tanager (AM 5). The minesweeper had only been stationed in the Philippines since the summer of 1941. Following the outbreak of war, the ship operated in support of forces on Bataan and Corregidor until she was sunk by shore batteries, only two days before surrender, on May 4, 1942.

Navy Cross

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Commander Egbert Adolph Roth (NSN: 0-62523), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Minesweeper U.S.S. TANAGER (AM-5), in action against the enemy during the period from 7 December 1941 to 18 March 1942. Although his command was straddled by enemy Japanese bombs during the air attack on the Navy Yard, Cavite, Philippine Islands, on 10 December 1941, and despite extensive splinter damage to his ship, Lieutenant Commander Roth displayed excellent seamanship and leadership in fighting and maneuvering his ship. His conduct on this occasion enabled him, later, to conduct further missions of strategic importance of a hazardous nature, despite frequent aggressive enemy horizontal and dive bombing attacks, bringing great credit to his command and the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commandant 16th Naval District, Desp 281200 NCR 7859 (April 29, 1942)
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Prisoner of War Medal

From Hall of Valor:

Lieutenant Commander Egbert Adolph Roth (NSN: 0-62523), United States Navy, was captured by the Japanese after the fall of Corregidor, Philippine Islands, on 6 May 1942, and was held as a Prisoner of War until his death while in captivity.

General Orders: NARA Database: Records of World War II Prisoners of War, created, 1942 - 1947
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander


Class of 1929

Egbert is one of 29 members of the Class of 1929 in Memorial Hall.