Jack William Wintle
The Navy Cross
(1908-04-18)18 April 1908
13 November 1942(1942-11-13) (aged 34) †
near Savo Island
United States Navy
Years of service
1928 – 1942
USS San Francisco (CA-38)
World War II
Battle of Guadalcanal
Jack William Wintle (18 April 1908 – 13 November 1942) was a United States Navy Officer and a posthumous recipient of the Navy Cross, which was awarded for his actions in mid November 1942, during the Battle of Guadalcanal
1 Military career
1.1 World War II
1.2 Service Aboard the USS San Francisco
2 Awarding of the Navy Cross
Wintle was appointed a midshipman at the Naval Academy on 14 June 1928 and graduated on 2 June 1932. He reported for duty in USS California (BB-44) on the 30th and completed a three-year tour of duty in the battleship before being transferred to submarine tender USS Bushnell (AS-2). That assignment lasted 17 months.
On 7 August 1936, Wintle reported to the Puget Sound Navy Yard to help supervise the fitting out of USS Perkins (DD-377); and he remained in the destroyer after she went into commission on 18 September 1936. In the summer of 1939, he received postgraduate instruction at the Naval Academy before reporting for duty at the Philadelphia Navy Yard to help prepare USS Du Pont (DD-152) for recommissioning and service on the Neutrality Patrol. His tour of duty in that destroyer, one of the first in the Atlantic Squadrons to be fitted with sonar, ended in August 1940 when he was sent to New Orleans, Louisiana, where he served almost two years instructing NROTC midshipmen.
World War II
Late in April 1942, Wintle reported to the Bureau of Navigation in Washington where he learned that his next assignment was to be aide and flag lieutenant to the Commander, South Pacific Area and South Pacific Force. On 15 June 1942, Wintle received his promotion to lieutenant commander and, four days later, reported for duty in his new assignment in the South Pacific.
Service Aboard the USS San Francisco
Promoted to lieutenant commander, Wintle served under Rear Admiral Daniel J. Callaghan, Chief of Staff to the Commander South Pacific Area and South Pacific Force, through the early months of the struggle for Guadalcanal i