Name:  Roth, Egbert Adolph
Date of birth: December 10th, 1905 (Hebron/North Dakote, United States)
Date of death:  October 1944
Nationality:  American
Servicenumber 0-62523.

Lieutenant Commander Egbert Adolph Roth was born in Hebron, North Dakota on 10th December 1905 and was a resident of Morton County, North Dakota. He entered the Naval Academy in Annapolis on 26th June 1929, and served in the Asiatic Theater in WWII. He died as a Japanese POW in late October of 1944. His place of burial is unknown.
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Unit: U.S.S. Tanager (AM-5)
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"The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Commander Egbert Adolph Roth (NSN: 0-62523), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Minesweeper U.S.S. TANAGER (AM-5), in action against the enemy during the period from 7 December 1941 to 18 March 1942. Although his command was straddled by enemy Japanese bombs during the air attack on the Navy Yard, Cavite, Philippine Islands, on 10 December 1941, and despite extensive splinter damage to his ship, Lieutenant Commander Roth displayed excellent seamanship and leadership in fighting and maneuvering his ship. His conduct on this occasion enabled him, later, to conduct further missions of strategic importance of a hazardous nature, despite frequent aggressive enemy horizontal and dive bombing attacks, bringing great credit to his command and the United States Naval Service."
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