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First Name: Maurice

Last Name: Rindskopf

Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)


Middle Name: H.

Date of Birth: 27 September 1917

Date of Death: 27 July 2011

Rank or Rate: Rear Admiral

Years Served:
Maurice H. Rindskopf

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


Maurice H. Rindskopf
Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy

Maurice H. Rindskopf was born on 27 September 1917 in Brooklyn, NY. He graduated from Poly Prep Country Day School in 1934.

Rindskopf entered the U.S. Naval Academy in 1934. He was very athletic while at the Naval Academy, receiving letters in basketball and lacrosse; he also played four years of football. He was a member of the National Championship Lacrosse Team of 1938. Upon graduation in 1938, he was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy.

Rindskopf was assigned to the battleship USS Colorado for two years. In 1940, he underwent submarine training and upon completion in 1941, he was assigned to the new fleet submarine USS Drum (SS-228), aboard which he served as Weapons Officer. He was a Lieutenant Commander in June of 1942 when the Commanding Officer's illness forced him into the top spot; remaining at his post for the remainder of the conflict, he was responsible for the firing of 125 torpedoes and the sinking of at least 15 Japanese vessels. During this time, he was the youngest submarine commanding officer in the Navy. Rindskopf was awarded the Navy Cross for sustained action in the fall of 1944 off the Philippines.

After World War II, Rindskopf assisted in the development of modern submarine fire control and tactics. During the Cold War with Russia, he commanded two submarine flotillas and pioneered the concept of hydrofoil craft as he directed harbor defense for the Navy. He also commanded the Navy Submarine School in New London, CT.

Rindskopf became a Director of Naval Intelligence and Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence for the Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Fleet. Upon his promotion to Rear Admiral in 1967, he served on the staff of Admiral John McCain at the U.S. Pacific Command.

Rear Admiral Rindskopf retired from active duty in 1972.

Medals and Awards

Navy Cross
Silver Star Medal
Bronze Star Medal


He served as President of the USNA Class of 1938 for 14 years.

He received the Distinguished Alumni Honor Award from the USNA in 2007.

In Retirement

In 1972, he went to work for Westinghouse in their Oceanic Division in Annapolis. He was with Westinghouse for 16 years, visiting customers through the world.

Admiral Rindskopf and his wife, Sylvia, lived in Annapolis. They were avid fans of the Navy sports programs and activities.

Death and Burial at Sea

Rear Admiral Maurice H. Rindskopf died on 27 July 2011 of cancer in a nursing facility in Annapolis, MD. His ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean from a U.S. Navy submarine.

Honoree ID: 3001   Created by: MHOH




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