Sackett, Rear Admiral Earl LeRoy

Sackett, Rear Admiral Earl LeRoy

Male 1897 - 1970  (73 years)

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  • Name Sackett, Earl LeRoy  [1, 2
    Prefix Rear Admiral 
    Born 29 Mar 1897  Bancroft, Cuming, Nebraska, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Census 12 Jun 1900  Oakland, Burt, Nebraska, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Census 1 Jun 1905  Lakeland, Barron, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Census 21 Apr 1910  Lakeland, Barron, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Died 7 Oct 1970  San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Buried Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I36459  Sackett | Descendants of Thomas Sacket the Elder, Descendants of Simon Sackett the Colonist
    Last Modified 13 Sep 2019 

    Father Sackett, Samuel L.,   b. Apr 1860, Seneca County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1933  (Age ~ 72 years) 
    Mother Armstrong, Minnie E.,   b. 2 Oct 1867, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Nov 1953, Los Angeles County, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 15 Apr 1887  Tekamah, Burt, Nebraska, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Children 4 children 
    +1. Sackett, Harry Lee,   b. 8 Aug 1888, Bush, Knox, Nebraska, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Sep 1961, Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     2. Sackett, Leta Pearl,   b. 12 Jul 1890, Bancroft, Cuming, Nebraska, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Dec 1977, Clackamas County, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     3. Sackett, Rear Admiral Earl LeRoy,   b. 29 Mar 1897, Bancroft, Cuming, Nebraska, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Oct 1970, San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
    +4. Sackett, Herbert Dale,   b. 14 Jan 1904, Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jul 1982, Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     
    Family ID F10850  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Stanford, Elizabeth Louise,   b. 6 Jan 1898, Alton, Madison County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Feb 2002, Paris, Lamar, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 104 years) 
    Married 11 Aug 1922  Norfolk, Norfolk County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Children 
     1. Sackett, Madie Mason,   b. 11 Aug 1922, Norfolk, Norfolk County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Feb 2011, Paris, Lamar, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
    Last Modified 29 Feb 2016 
    Family ID F13068  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 29 Mar 1897 - Bancroft, Cuming, Nebraska, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 11 Aug 1922 - Norfolk, Norfolk County, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Sackett, Madie Mason - 11 Aug 1922 - Norfolk, Norfolk County, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 7 Oct 1970 - San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Sackett, Earl LeRoy 
(18971970)
    Sackett, Earl LeRoy (18971970)
    http://www.sackettfamily.info/g135/p135240.htm

  • Notes 
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      Name: Earl L Sackett
      Residence: Lakeland, Barron, Wisconsin
      Age: 8y
      Estimated Birth Year: Abt 1897
      Birthplace: Nebraska
      Relationship to Head of Household: Son
      Race: White
      Gender: Male
      Marital Status: Single
      Place of Birth: Parent 1: New York
      Place of Birth: Parent 2: Indiana
      Family Number: 107
      Page Number: 333
      Line Number: 5
      Film Number: 1020439
      Digital Folder Number: 4236845
      Image Number: 00578
      Collection: Wisconsin State Census, 1905
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      SACKETT, EARL L.

      Citation:

      The Navy Cross is presented to Earl L. Sackett, Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. CANOPUS (AS-9), in action at Cavite Naval Yard in the Philippine Islands, and subsequently in the defense of Manila Bay, during the period 7 December 1942 through 9 April 1942.

      Commander Sackett participated in operations of strategic importance involving hazardous missions, while exposed to frequent horizontal and dive bombing attacks by Japanese air forces. Commander Sackett's inspiring leadership and the valiant devotion to duty of his command contributed in large measure to the outstanding success of these vital missions and reflect great credit upon the United States Naval Service.

      Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 306 (September 1942)
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      Supplied by Ted Smith:

      From Arlington National Cemetery: u<http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/earllero.htm>/u
      Earl Leroy Sackett
      Rear Admiral, United States Navy

      Rear Admiral Earl LeRoy Sackett was born in Bancroft, Nebraska, March 29, 1897 and grew up in Nampa, Idaho, where he graduated from high school with the Class of 1915. During high school he served in the Idaho National Guard.

      Entering the Navy after high school, he served one year (1915-1916) during World War I as a Navy enlisted man attaining the rate of Electrician's Mate Third Class. After open competitive examination and appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, he completed a three-year wartime program in 1919 but still graduated with his class of 1920. He received a Masters of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California in 1934.

      Commissioned Ensign in 1919, he served on the battleship Florida, and three destroyers, McCalla, Herbert and Isherwood, before attending Submarine School at New London. After Submarine School he served on submarines USS R-13, USS R-19, then commanded the USS R-2. From 1927-1929 he was an instructor of electrical engineering at the Naval Academy. He then served on the submarine tender USS Beaver, AS-5, and commanded the USS S-37 in the Philippines. From 1934-1937 he served as Assistant Engineer Officer aboard the U.S.S. Saratoga and was posted at the Portsmouth Navy Yard as Machinery Chief from June 1937 to December 1939. While at Portsmouth, Sackett was an assistant to Admiral Cole during the salvage of the submarine disaster Squalus in 1939. In February 1940 he assumed command of the USS Canopus, AS-9, in the Asiatic Fleet in Manila Bay.

      Admiral Sackett advanced through the ranks to Rear Admiral. As a Navy Commander, he was captain of the U.S.S. CANOPUS, AS-9, from 1940 until it was scuttled in April 1942. CANOPUS was stationed in Manila Bay at the outbreak of World War II and under command of Cdr. Earl LeRoy Sackett, saw action for four months during the Battle of Manila Bay at the Bataan Peninsula. The ship was scuttled at the hands of her own crew in Mariveles Bay at the tip of Bataan when Bataan fell to the Japanese on April 9, 1942.

      Sackett and his crew were taken out to the island of Corregidor where the crew was used as beach defenders with the Fourth Marine Division in foxholes and caves along the shoreline and in the ravines of the island. Many of his crew were captured by the Japanese when Corregidor fell on May 6, 1942, and spent the next 40 months of WW-II in Japanese prisoner of war camps across the Asia Pacific. Comander Sackett was evacuated from the Philippines on May 4, 1942, just two days before the surrender of Corregidor. His evacuation was on the last submarine out, the U.S.S. SPEARFISH, SS-190.

      By July 1942, Earl Sackett was back in the USA, and was recognized as a war hero with an award of the Navy Cross for heroism, for what the Canopus and her crew, under his command during the First Battle of Manila Bay, was able to accomplish. The Canopus had been attacked eight times while in the bay but was only hit twice by the Japanese and Commander Sackett decided to set her up to look like a derelict by providing the ship with a decided list, tangled cargo beams and fake fires caused by burning oily rags in smudge pots. The Japanese, duly fooled, left her alone after that and the Canopus became the general utility repair ship for both the Army and the Navy, providing crucial service.

      After returning to the U.S. from the Philippines, Earl Sackett served his country and the war effort by commanding the Submarine Repair Facility in San Diego from July 1942 to January 1944 and then as a member of the analytical staff of Fleet Admiral Chester A. Nimitz in Hawaii from December 1944 to January 1946. He retired from active duty on January 1, 1947.

      Admiral Sackett died on October 7, 1970 and was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.

      Medals: Navy Cross, Army Bronze Star, Army Distinguished Unit Service Badge, Navy Commendation Medal, WW-I Victory Medal, WW-II Victory Medal, American Theater, American Defense, Asiatic & Pacific.

      Died on October 7, 1970 and was buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery.
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      https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VPH8-LSY
      California, Death Index, 1940-1997
      Name: Earl L Sackett
      Event Type: Death
      Event Date: 07 Oct 1970
      Event Place: San Diego, California, United States
      Birth Date: 29 Mar 1897
      Birthplace: Nebraska
      Gender: Male
      Father's Name: tab
      Mother's Name:
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      Find A Grave Memorial
      Earl Le Roy Sackett
      Birth: Feb. 5, 1893; Bancroft, Cuming County, Nebraska, USA
      Death: Oct. 7, 1970

      Father: Samuel L. Sackett, b. Abt 1861, Seneca County, New York
      Mother: Minnie E. Armstrong, b. 2 Oct 1867, Indiana

      Rear Admiral Earl LeRoy Sackett was born in Bancroft, Nebraska, March 29, 1897 and grew up in Nampa, Idaho, where he graduated from high school with the Class of 1915. During high school he served in the Idaho National Guard.

      Entering the Navy after high school, he served one year (1915-1916) during World War I as a Navy enlisted man attaining the rate of Electrician's Mate Third Class. After open competitive examination and appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, he completed a three-year wartime program in 1919 but still graduated with his class of 1920. He received a Masters of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California in 1934.

      Commissioned Ensign in 1919, he served on the battleship Florida, and three destroyers, McCalla, Herbert and Isherwood, before attending Submarine School at New London. After Submarine School he served on submarines USS R-13, USS R-19, then commanded the USS R-2. From 1927-1929 he was an instructor of electrical engineering at the Naval Academy. He then served on the submarine tender USS Beaver, AS-5, and commanded the USS S-37 in the Philippines. From 1934-1937 he served as Assistant Engineer Officer aboard the U.S.S. Saratoga and was posted at the Portsmouth Navy Yard as Machinery Chief from June 1937 to December 1939. While at Portsmouth, Sackett was an assistant to Admiral Cole during the salvage of the submarine disaster Squalus in 1939. In February 1940 he assumed command of the USS Canopus, AS-9, in the Asiatic Fleet in Manila Bay.

      Admiral Sackett advanced through the ranks to Rear Admiral. As a Navy Commander, he was captain of the U.S.S. CANOPUS, AS-9, from 1940 until it was scuttled in April 1942. CANOPUS was stationed in Manila Bay at the outbreak of World War II and under command of Cdr. Earl LeRoy Sackett, saw action for four months during the Battle of Manila Bay at the Bataan Peninsula. The ship was scuttled at the hands of her own crew in Mariveles Bay at the tip of Bataan when Bataan fell to the Japanese on April 9, 1942.

      Sackett and his crew were taken out to the island of Corregidor where the crew was used as beach defenders with the Fourth Marine Division in foxholes and caves along the shoreline and in the ravines of the island. Many of his crew were captured by the Japanese when Corregidor fell on May 6, 1942, and spent the next 40 months of WW-II in Japanese prisoner of war camps across the Asia Pacific. Comander Sackett was evacuated from the Philippines on May 4, 1942, just two days before the surrender of Corregidor. His evacuation was on the last submarine out, the U.S.S. SPEARFISH, SS-190.

      By July 1942, Earl Sackett was back in the USA, and was recognized as a war hero with an award of the Navy Cross for heroism, for what the Canopus and her crew, under his command during the First Battle of Manila Bay, was able to accomplish. The Canopus had been attacked eight times while in the bay but was only hit twice by the Japanese and Commander Sackett decided to set her up to look like a derelict by providing the ship with a decided list, tangled cargo beams and fake fires caused by burning oily rags in smudge pots. The Japanese, duly fooled, left her alone after that and the Canopus became the general utility repair ship for both the Army and the Navy, providing crucial service.

      After returning to the U.S. from the Philippines, Earl Sackett served his country and the war effort by commanding the Submarine Repair Facility in San Diego from July 1942 to January 1944 and then as a member of the analytical staff of Fleet Admiral Chester A. Nimitz in Hawaii from December 1944 to January 1946. He retired from active duty on January 1, 1947.

      Admiral Sackett died on October 7, 1970 and was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.

      Medals:
      Navy Cross, Army Bronze Star, Army Distinguished Unit Service Badge, Navy Commendation Medal, WW-I Victory Medal, WW-II Victory Medal, American Theater, American Defense, Asiatic & Pacific.

      Note: RADM US NAVY; WORLD WAR I; WORLD WAR II

      Burial:
      Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
      Plot: Sec: 4, Site: 2756 EH

      Created by: John C. Anderson
      Record added: Mar 06, 2010
      Find A Grave Memorial# 49307273

  • Sources 
    1. [S113] California Death Index 1940-1997, (https://familysearch.org).

    2. [S543] Find A Grave (www.findagrave.com), Memorial# 49307273 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S954] 1900 U.S. Census (Reliability: 3).
      1900 Census, enumerated 12 Jun 1900 in Oakland city, Burt County, Nebraska, United States

      1900 Census for Ward 2; Oakland, Oakland Twp, Burt Co., NE
      SD No. 3; ED No. 27; Sheet No. 10B; 12 June, 1900
      Head, Sackett, Saml L, b. Apr 1860 in NY, age 40, married 13 years, father
      b. in NY, mother b. in NY
      Wife, Sackett, Minnie A, b. Oct 1867 in IN, age 32, married 13 years, mother
      of 4, 3 still living, father b. in OH, mother b. in OH
      Son, Sackett, Harry L, b. Aug 1888 in NE, age 11, father b. in NY, mother b. in IN
      Daughter, Sackett, Leta P, b. Jul 1890 in NE, age 9, father b. in NY, mother b. in IN
      Son, Sackett, Earl L, b. Mch 1897 in NE, age 3, father b. in NY, mother b. in IN

      "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M3BK-5HP : accessed 13 September 2019), Harry L Sackett in household of Sam? L Sackett, Oakland & Kerl Precincts Oakland city Ward 1, Burt, Nebraska, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 27, sheet 10B, family 191, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,240,918.

      Researched by Ted Smith

    4. [S457] Wisconsin, State Census, 1905, (FamilySearch.org) (Reliability: 3), 13 Sep 2019.
      1905 Census, enumerated 1 Jun 1905 in Town of Lakeland, Barron County, Wisconsin, United States

      Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
      S L Sackett Head M 45y New York
      Minnie E Sackett Wife F 37y Indiana
      Harry L Sackett Son M 16y Nebraska
      Leta P Sackett Daughter F 14y Nebraska
      Earl L Sackett Son M 8y Nebraska
      Herbert D Sackett Son M 1y Nebraska

      Family Number: 107
      Page: 333
      Line Number: 3
      GS Film number: 1020439
      Digital Folder Number: 4236845
      Image Number: 00578

      "Wisconsin State Census, 1905," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MMS8-J1X : 10 March 2018), Herbert D Sackett in household of S L Sackett, Lakeland, Barron, Wisconsin; citing p. 333, line 6, State Historical Society, Madison; FHL microfilm 1,020,439.

      Researched by Ted Smith

    5. [S57] 1910 U.S. Census (Reliability: 3), 13 Sep 2019.
      1910 Census, enumerated 20 & 21 Apr 1910 in Lakeland Township, Barron County, Wisconsin, United States

      Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
      Samuel L Sackett Head M 49 New York
      Minnie Sackett Wife F 42 Indiana
      Harry Sackett Son M 21 Nebraska
      Earl Sackett Son M 13 Nebraska
      Herbert Sackett Son M 6 Nebraska

      District: ED 14
      Sheet Number and Letter: 2B
      Household ID: 34
      Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
      Affiliate Publication Number: T624
      Affiliate Film Number: 1701
      GS Film Number: 1375714
      Digital Folder Number: 005157697
      Image Number: 00265

      "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MP24-J1N : accessed 13 September 2019), Herbert Sackett in household of Samuel L Sackett, Lakeland, Barron, Wisconsin, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 14, sheet 2B, family 34, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 1701; FHL microfilm 1,375,714.

      Researched by Ted Smith

    6. [S986] Nebraska, Marriages, 1855-1995, (https://familysearch.org) (Reliability: 3).
      Groom's Name: Samuel Sackett
      Groom's Birth Date: 1861
      Groom's Birthplace: Seneca Co., N. Y.
      Groom's Age: 26
      Bride's Name: Minnie E. Armstrong
      Bride's Birth Date: 1868
      Bride's Birthplace: Ind.
      Bride's Age: 19
      Marriage Date: 15 Apr 1887
      Marriage Place: Tekamah, Burt Co., Nebraska
      Groom's Father's Name: Samuel L. Sackett
      Groom's Mother's Name: Ann L. Larken
      Bride's Father's Name:
      Bride's Mother's Name:
      Groom's Race: White
      Groom's Marital Status: Unknown
      Groom's Previous Wife's Name:
      Bride's Race: White
      Bride's Marital Status: Single
      Bride's Previous Husband's Name:
      Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M00312-6
      System Origin: Nebraska-EASy
      Source Film Number: 2021148
      Reference Number: Pg. 458 Cert. $ 458
      Collection: Nebraska Marriages, 1855-1995

    7. [S184] Ted Smith.
      From: Email from Ted Smith to Sackett mailing list
      4 Apr 2015

      While looking for more information about Elizabeth Stanford Sackett
      (1898-2002), wife of Rear Admiral Earl LeRoy Sackett (1897-1970), I came
      across an entry in Army-Navy-Air Force Register and Defense Times, vol. 72:

      SACKETT--At Norfolk, Va., August 11, 1922, to Ensign Earl LeRoy Sackett,
      U. S. Navy, and Mrs. Sackett a daughter Maidie Mason; granddaughter of
      Captain H. R. Stanford, C. E. C, U. S. Navy and Mrs. Stanford.

      In Washington Social Register, December 1921, p. 144: Stanford Miss
      Elizabeth L (Homer R) . . . Married Jun 1 Sackett Mr Earl LeRoy-USN . .
      . at Hampton Roads Va.
      Stanford, Captain & Mrs Homer R (Maidie Mason) USN. An.Cvc.Ann.Uvp.Wash'88
      Stanford, Mr. Carrington M*--at SanFran . . .
      Ensign& Mrs E LeRoy Sackett (Elizabeth L Stanford) USN
      All of the preceding three lines are indicated as being at Phone No
      1000, Naval Operating Base, Norfolk, VA

      This confirms that Stanford was her maiden name, not a middle name.

      In Notable Southern Families, vol. 2, p. 186, is a discussion of the
      family of John Houston and Sarah Todd. Rather deep in that section it
      mentions that "Maria (sic) B. Mason above, married ---------- Stanford
      of U.S. Navy and has two children: Eliza Stanford Sackett and Carrington
      Stanford.


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