Arison, Rae Emmett, [CAPT CO CA-133]




Rae Emmett Arison

Date of birth: 23-Sep-00
Date of death: 24-Feb-68
Place of Birth: New York, Niagara Falls
Home of record: Evanston Illinois

Rae Arison graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Class of 1924. He retired as a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy.



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 Rae Emmett Arison (NSN: 0-58847), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession while serving as Navigator and Senior Officer in Command of the Heavy Cruiser U.S.S. SAN FRANCISCO (CA-38), which was operating as a unit of a task force which engaged a superior number of Japanese vessels in the Solomon Islands area on the morning of 13 November 1942. When the Captain and Executive Officer were severely wounded, Commander Arison assumed command and fought the ship with great courage and efficiency until he was blown over the side of the navigation bridge by exploding shells. Although severely injured, he attempted to return to his station to continue throughout the engagement. His indomitable spirit and conspicuous gallantry were an inspiration to all aboard and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander Southern Pacific Forces: Serial 0489 (April 27, 1945)

Action Date: November 12 - 13, 1942

Service: Navy

Rank: Commander

Company: Navigator and Senior Officer in Command

Division: U.S.S. San Francisco (CA-38)