SAMUEL N. MOORE, CAPT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Samuel Moore '13

Date of birth: September 7, 1891

Date of death: August 9, 1942

Age: 50

Lucky Bag

From the 1913 Lucky Bag:


Loss

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Samuel was lost when USS Quincy (CA 39) was sunk early in the morning of August 9, 1942 by Japanese surface forces at the Battle of Savo Island.

His wife, Camilla, was listed as next of kin. They were married in 1924.

Biography

From Naval History and Heritage Command:

Samuel Nobre Moore was born in Washington, D.C., on 7 September 1891. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy from 1909 until 1913 and served mainly in destroyers up to the United States' entry into World War I in 1917. For the next few years, Lieutenant Moore was assigned to the battleships Michigan and Minnesota. During the first half of the 1920 he served in the destroyers Jacob Jones and Flusser, at the U.S. Naval Academy, and with the First Naval District. Lieutenant Commander Moore was stationed at Tutuila, Samoa, in 1925-27, then was assigned to the submarine tender Canopus. From 1928 into 1932, he was Commanding Officer of the destroyers MacLeish, Hazelwood and Lamberton, and then served in the light cruiser Omaha.

After promotion to the rank of Commander in 1934 Moore was stationed at the U.S. Naval Academy, attended the Senior Course at the Naval War College, and commanded Destroyer Division 21. In the latter position, he organized the Neutrality Patrol for the New England area following the outbreak of World War II in September 1939. He served in Washington, D.C., with the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations from early 1940 and achieved the rank of Captain later in that year. In May 1942, he took command of the heavy cruiser Quincy. On 9 August 1942, during the night Battle of Savo Island, Captain Samuel N. Moore was killed in action on the bridge of his ship.

Namesake

USS Samuel N. Moore (DD 747) was named for Samuel; the ship was sponsored by his widow.


Class of 1913

Samuel is one of 9 members of the Class of 1913 in Memorial Hall.