JOHN H. EICHMANN, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Eichmann '35

Date of birth: June 12, 1913

Date of death: March 15, 1943

Age: 29

Lucky Bag

From the 1935 Lucky Bag:

Loss

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John was lost when USS Triton (SS 201) was sunk by Japanese destroyers on March 15, 1943. He was the boat's executive officer.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

Career

From Fleet Organization:

  • Duty USS S-27 (SS-132) 1 Jul 1939 - 1 Oct 1939
  • Duty USS Triton (SS-201) Aug 1940 - 1942
  • Executive Officer USS Triton (SS-201) Apr 1942 - 15 Mar 1943
  • Acting Captain USS Triton (SS-201) 30 Sep 1942
  • Lieutenant (j.g.) 6 Jun 1938
  • Lieutenant 1 Aug 1941

Silver Star

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Lieutenant John Holbrook Eichmann (NSN: 074974), United States Navy, for extremely gallant and intrepid conduct as Officer-of-the-Deck of the U.S.S. TRITON (SS-201), during two highly successful and aggressive Submarine War Patrols in alien waters in 1942. By maintaining constant vigilance, Lieutenant Eichmann sighted an enemy Japanese convoy at extreme night range and conned the TRITON into an idea position from which a successful attack was made. Again, while on patrol through little-known waters, he correctly estimated a situation which enabled the TRITON to make a successful approach, attack and sink an enemy destroyer leader of 1,700 tons. His skill and courageous devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: 1942
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Company: Officer-of-the-Deck
Division: U.S.S. Triton (SS-201)

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Lieutenant John Holbrook Eichmann (NSN: 074974), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as Assistant Approach Officer and as Executive Officer and Navigator serving on board the U.S.S. TRITON (SS-201), during the FIFTH and SIXTH War Patrols of that Submarine in the Pacific War Area. Courageous and steadfast in plotting the safe course of his ship through unfamiliar, enemy-infested waters, Lieutenant Eichmann discharged his grave responsibilities skillfully and with unwavering devotion to duty. By his expert advice and ready information, he rendered invaluable service to his Commanding Officer throughout the relentless attacks on hostile surface forces and contributed essentially to the sinking of five Japanese ships. His efficient performance of a vital task despite severe weather conditions and the continued strain of hazardous undersea operations reflects the highest credit upon the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander in Chief Pacific: Serial 04780 (September 11, 1944)
Action Date: December 6, 1942 - April 1943
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Company: Executive Officer
Division: U.S.S. Triton (SS-201)


Class of 1935

John is one of 56 members of the Class of 1935 in Memorial Hall.