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James Albert Hirshfield

Date of birth: July 30, 1902
Date of death: May 16, 1993
Burial location: Arlington, Virginia
Place of Birth: Ohio, Cincinnati
Home of record: San Antonio Texas

James Hirshfield graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Class of 1925. From 1954 to 1962 he served as the 6th Assistant Commandant of the United States Coast Guard. He retired as a U.S. Coast Guard Vice Admiral in 1962.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Navy Cross

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Commander James Albert Hirshfield, United States Coast Guard, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. CAMPBELL (WPG-32) during action against an enemy submarine in the Atlantic War Area on 22 February 1943. Surprising the hostile undersea craft on the surface during escort operations, Commander Hirshfield, in a quick attempt to ram, collided with the vessel and destroyed it in a fierce attack by depth charges and point-blank fire. Although painfully wounded by flying shell splinters, he gallantly remained in command throughout the action and during the subsequent period while the Campbell was towed safely into port with several prisoners from the sunken submarine. Commander Hirshfield's inspiring leadership and the valiant devotion to duty of his command contributed in large measure to the outstanding success of this vital mission and reflects great credit upon the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 317 (August 1943) & 332 (November 1944)

Action Date: February 22, 1943

Service: Coast Guard

Rank: Commander

Company: Commanding Officer

Division: U.S.S. Campbell (WPG-32)

Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Vice Admiral James A. Hirshfield, United States Coast Guard, was awarded the Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States as Chief of Staff, and Assistant Commandant of the United States Coast Guard from 1954 to 1962. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of Admiral Hirshfield culminate a long and distinguished career in the service of his country and his dedicated contributions reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Coast Guard.

Action Date: 1954 - 1962

Service: Coast Guard

Rank: Vice Admiral