Halsey Powell

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Halsey Powell
Born (1883-08-03)August 3, 1883
McAfee, Kentucky
Died December 24, 1936(1936-12-24) (aged 53)
Washington, D.C.
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch Seal of the United States Department of the Navy.svg United States Navy
Years of service 1904–1936
Rank US-O6 insignia.svg Captain
Commands held USS Pittsburgh
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Distinguished Service Medal

Captain Halsey Powell, USN (3 August 1883 – 24 December 1936) was a United States Navy officer of the first half of the 20th century, who received the Navy Distinguished Service Medal for outstanding performance as a destroyer division commander on convoy duty during World War I.


Powell was born 3 August 1883 in McAfee, Kentucky, and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1904. During the next years he served on such famous battleships as USS Kearsarge, USS Illinois, and USS Tennessee and studied at the Naval War College, rising to the rank of captain in 1926.

Captain Powell was aide to the Secretary of the Navy in 1926 and Naval Attaché at Peking, 1927–29. After commanding USS Pittsburgh he returned to Washington, D.C., where he died 24 December 1936. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia.[1]


The destroyer USS Halsey Powell was named in his honor.


Here is the list of decorations of Captain Halsey Powell:[2]

Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Mexican Service Medal
Bronze star
World War I Victory Medal with Destroyer Clasp
Distinguished Service Order (United Kingdom)

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  1. ^ "Halsey Powell - Find a Grave Memorial". findagrave.com. 2010-07-04. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  2. ^ "Valor awards for Halsey Powell". militarytimes.com. 2010-07-04. Retrieved 2013-09-21.