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Benjamin Maurice Chiswell

Date of birth: March 7, 1875
Date of death: July 26, 1942
Burial location: Arlington, Virginia
Place of Birth: Maryland, Dickerson

Benjamin Chiswell entered service in the Coast Guard as a cadet in 1894 and was commissioned in 1896 through the School of Instruction of the Revenue Cutter Service. In 1929 he was appointed the FIRST Assistant Commandant of the Coast Guard and retired as a U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral in 1934.


Navy Cross

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Awarded for actions during the World War I

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Commander Benjamin Maurice Chiswell, United States Coast Guard, for distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. ALGONQUIN, engaged in the important, exacting and hazardous duty of transporting and escorting troops and supplies through waters infested with enemy submarines and mines, during World War I.

Action Date: 1918

Service: Coast Guard

Rank: Commander

Company: Commanding Officer

Division: U.S.S. Algonquin