From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Max Silverstein '32

Date of birth: February 15, 1911

Date of death: May 7, 1942

Age: 31

Lucky Bag

From the 1932 Lucky Bag:


Max was lost when USS Sims (DD 409) was sunk by Japanese dive bombers on May 7, 1942 in the Battle of the Coral Sea. He was the ship's engineer and damage control officer.

His wife was listed as next of kin.


From Together We Served:

  • 1932-1935, USS Chester (CA-27)
  • 1935-1937, USS Chaumont (AP-5)
  • 1937-1939, USS Tattnall (DD-125)
  • 1939-1940, USS Seattle (CA-11)
  • 1940-1942, USS Sims (DD-409)

Silver Star

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Max Silverstein (NSN: 0-71595), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Engineer and Damage Control Officer of the Destroyer U.S.S. SIMS (DD-409), which was lost during combat action in the Coral Sea on 7 May 1942. After having been rendered unconscious by concussion from the first bomb which hit the ship, Lieutenant Silverstein coolly resumed his duties, directing the securing of boilers, the jettisoning of torpedo weights to preserve stability and the preparations for repairs to save the vessel from sinking. Lieutenant Silverstein's gallant actions and dedicated devotion to duty, without regard for his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 313 (April 1943)
Action Date: 7-May-42
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Company: Engineer and Damage Control Officer
Division: U.S.S. Sims (DD-409)


USS Silverstein (DE 534) was named for Max; the ship was sponsored by his widow.

Class of 1932

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