Ernest G. Small

Ernest G. Small

Infobox Military Person
name = Ernest Gregor Small
born = birth date|1888|11|5
died = death date and age|1944|12|27|1888|11|5
placeofbirth = Waltham, Massachusetts
placeofdeath = Brooklyn, New York

caption =
nickname =
allegiance = United States of America
serviceyears = 1912–1944
rank = Rear Admiral
branch = United States Navy
commands = USS "Salt Lake City" (CA-25)
unit =
battles = World War II Battle of Cape Esperance
awards = Navy Cross
laterwork =

Ernest Gregor Small (5 November 188827 December 1944) was an admiral in the United States Navy during World War II.

Small was born in Waltham, Massachusetts, on 5 November 1888. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy and received his commission as ensign on 7 June 1912. From 1940–42 he headed the Ordnance and Gunnery Department at the Naval Academy.

On 10 April 1942 he assumed command of "Salt Lake City" (CA-25) and was subsequently awarded the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism for his conning of the cruiser against Japanese surface units off Savo Island, 11–12 October 1942 in the Battle of Cape Esperance. From January to August 1943 he served eminently as war plans officer on the staff of the Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Fleet. He spent the next year in distinguished performance as Commander Cruiser Division 5. Rear Admiral Small died in Brooklyn, New York on 27 December 1944.


In 1945, the destroyer USS "Ernest G. Small" (DD-838) was named in his honor.

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