Andrew Thomas Graham
Captain, United States Navy
Retired Captain Saved Crew of Torpedoed British Ship
PHILADELPHIA, April 1, 1939 – Captain Andrew Thomas Graham, U.S.N., retired, who received the Navy Cross and a special letter of commendation from Secretary of War Baker for his work in the Army Transport Service during the World War, died Thursday at his home here. He was 64 years old.
Captain Graham, while in command of the transports Siboney, halted his ship in the submarine danger zone on one occasion to rescue the officers and crew of the British transport Dwinsk, which had been torpedoed and sunk by Germans shortly before.
Born in Wayne, Wisconsin, he entered the United States Naval Academy in 1893. He served as Executive Officer of the battleship Connecticut during the early days of the war. From the end of the war until his retirement in 1932 he had been assigned to engineering duty.
Surviving are his widow; a son, Thomas A. Graham,
and two daughters, Miss Esther Graham and Mrs. J. P. Kessler.
The Navy Cross is awarded to Captain Andrew
T. Graham, United States Navy, for distinguished service in the line of
his profession as commanding officer of the U.S.S. Siboney, engaged in
the important, exacting and hazardous duty of transporting and escorting
troops and supplies to European ports through waters infested with enemy
submarines and mines.
Posted: 28 September 2007