Charles Peshall Plunkett

Rear Admiral Charles Peshall Plunkett GOTE (15 February 1864 – 24 March 1931) was an officer of the United States Navy who served in the Spanish–American War and World War I.[1]

Charles Peshall Plunkett
Charles Plunkett in 1923
Born(1864-02-15)February 15, 1864
Washington, D.C.
DiedMarch 24, 1931(1931-03-24) (aged 67)
Washington, D.C.
Place of burial
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchSeal of the United States Department of the Navy.svg United States Navy
Years of service1879–1928
RankUS-O8 insignia.svg Rear Admiral
Commands heldNorth Dakota (BB-29)
South Dakota (ACR-9)
Battles/warsSpanish–American War
World War I
AwardsDistinguished Service Medal
Grand Officer of the Military Order of the Tower and Sword


Charles Plunkett (center, army uniform) and Assistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin D. Roosevelt inspecting a US Navy Railway Battery in France August 1918.

Plunkett was born in Washington, D.C., and was appointed to the Naval Academy in 1879. During the Spanish–American War, he served in Admiral Dewey's Squadron at the Battle of Manila Bay. He commanded both the battleship North Dakota (BB-29) and the armored cruiser South Dakota (ACR-9), and served as Director of Target Practice and Engineering Competitions for the Navy Department before the United States entered World War I.[1]

In July 1918, he designed and oversaw the building and was in command of the five Naval Railway Batteries in France. Under his direction the mobile units of 14-inch battleship guns supported the French and American armies from 6 September until the Armistice, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for his service during the war. Plus the French legion of honor He later commanded Destroyers, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, and served as Chief of Staff at the Naval War College; as President of the Board of Inspection and Survey; and as Commandant of the New York Navy Yard and the 3rd Naval District.[1]

Retiring in 1928, Rear Admiral Plunkett died in Washington, D.C. on 24 March 1931.[1]


The Gleaves-class destroyer USS Plunkett (DD-431) was named in his honor.


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  1. ^ a b c d "Plunkett". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Navy Department, Naval History & Heritage Command. Retrieved 19 October 2010.
  2. ^ "Cidadãos Estrangeiros Agraciados com Ordens Portuguesas". Página Oficial das Ordens Honoríficas Portuguesas. Retrieved 18 October 2021.