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Adm Charles Bowers Momsen
Birth: Jun. 21, 1896
Flushing
Queens County
New York, USA
Death: May 25, 1967
Saint Petersburg
Pinellas County
Florida, USA

United States Navy Admiral. He was one of the best-known pioneers in the field of submarine rescues. He entered the U.S. Naval Academy in 1914 leaving during his freshmen year due to poor grades. He pursued and won another appointment to the Academy graduating in 1919. He served for a short time on the USS Oklahoma before transferring to the Submarine Service aptly dubbed at the time as the "Coffin Service" due to the numerous deaths it incurred. It was while serving as the commanding officer of the submarine S-1 that his attention became riveted on the urgent need for a way to rescue downed Submariners. His invention of the Momsen Lung, an underwater escape device earned him a Distinguished Service Medal after he personally tested it at 200ft. Traumatized by the sinking of the S-51 and learning that the men had survived the wreck only to be trapped inside the submarine at the ocean's bottom, he thought of a way to rescue trapped Submariners by inventing a Diving Bell. The Diving Bell proved successful when it was used to rescue all 33 survivors of the USS Squalas, which sank in May 1939 in 243 feet of water off Muscle Shoals, NH. The Squalas rescue has since been the topic of the best seller "The Terrible Hours" by Peter Maas and the TV movie "Submerged" with Sam Neill portraying Momsen. He went on to earn a Navy Cross and Legion of Merit as the commander of a submarine attack group in WWII. He served as Assistant CNO for Undersea Warfare from 1948 to 1951 and became Commander of the Submarine Force's Pacific Fleet. He died of cancer in 1967. The Arleigh Burke-class guided missle destroyer USS Momsen (DDG-92) was named in his honor and launched in 2003. (bio by: Ralph Draper) 
 
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 Spouse:
  Ann Lyles Offutt Momsen (1898 - 1953)*
 
 Children:
  Charles Bowers Momsen (1920 - 2002)*
  Evelyn Momsen Hailey (1921 - 2011)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 9, Lot 5993
 
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Originally Created by: Ralph Draper
Record added: Jul 25, 2005
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