Charles Peshall Plunkett
Rear Admiral,United States Navy
of the United States Navy"
Charles Peshall Plunkett, born in Washington, D.C., 15 February 1864, was appointed to the United States Naval Academy in 1879.
A veteran of the Spanish-American War, during which he commanded both USS North Dakota and USS South Dakota and had served as Director, Target Practice and Engineering Competitions for the Navy Department before the United States entered World War I.
In July, 1918, he assumed command of the 5 Naval Railway Batteries in France. under his direction those mobile units of 14" battleship guns supported French and American armies from 6 September until the Armistice. Awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for his service during the war, he later commanded Destroyers, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, and served as Chief of Staff, Naval War College; President, Board of Inspection and Survey; and as Commandant, New York Navy Yard and the 3d Naval District.
Retiring in 1928, Rear Admiral Plunkett died in Washington, D.C., 24 March 1931.
The Admiral's father and mother, William Henry Plunkett, Major, United States Army, Letitia G. Plunkett, are also buried in Arlington National Cemetery, as are his son, Charles Tuck Plunkett (1899-1970) and his wife, Martha Macleod Plunkett (1890-1961)
ADMIRAL PLUNKETT BURIED
Military Honors Are Paid Him In Arlington Cemetery
WASHNGTON, March 26, 1931 - The Navy said farewell today to Rear ADmiral charles Perhall Plunkett, retired, who died Tuesday night in the Washington Naval Hospital.
With full military honors he was borne by his former companions to Arlington Cemetery and buried beside his wife. He grave is just below the old Robert E. Lee home, overlooking the Potomac River.
After brief ceremonies at the Fort Myer Chapel,
conducted by the Rev. Sidney Key Evans, Chief of Naval Chaplains, the flag-draped
coffin, escorted by squads of Marines, was placed on a gun caisson by six
bluejackets and taken to Arlington. There were three volleys of rifle
fire by the Marines and Taps by a Naval Bugler at the grave.
PLUNKETT, JULIA TUCK W/O CHAS P
PLUNKETT, ELEANORA E W/O CHARLES P
PLUNKETT, MARTHA MACLEOD W/O CHARLES T
PLUNKETT, CHARLES TUCK
Posted: 11 Septmeber 2004 Updated: 27 April 2007 Updated: 28 April 2007 Updated: 7 December 2007 Updated: 8 April 2009