Capt. Cecil T. Caufield was born in Waco, Texas on Nov. 20, 1903 and attended the Naval Academy in 1923. He graduated and was commissioned an ensign on June 2, 1927.
He served on USS New York until 1930 and became the gunnery officer an first lieutenant on USS William B. Preston. In 1933, he served on USS Bushnell and then transferred to USS Wickes as gunnery officer. He was a Spanish instructor in the Department of Modern Languages at the Naval Academy from June, 1935 to June 1938. He then served on USS Monocacy at Kiukiang until the vessel was decommissioned, and in February, 1939, he became the executive officer of USS Edsall.
He was the assistant gunnery officer on USS Augusta in December, 1940 and in February, 1941, he assumed command of USS Fox. Under his command, Fox particpated in escort operations in the aleutians during World War II.
He helped fit out USS Kendrick in 1942 and became its first commanding officer. Kendrick took part in the invasion of Sicily and sustained a torpedo hit in the stern while beating off a German air attack. After temporary repairs, Kendrick was towed across the Atlantic to Norfolk, Va. Capt. Caufield received the Silver Star Medal and the Commendation Ribbon from the Secretary of the Navy for his heroics.
He served as commanding officer of USS Prichett and took part in the bombardment of Ponape and the Marianas Campaign. He received a Bronze Star for his service. He served as both executive officer and commanding officer of the Sound School, Service School Command in 1948. Prior to commander, NTC, he also commanded USS Yancey; commander, Escort Patrol Squadron Five and commander, Destroyer Squadron 20. He retired on July 1, 1957 and was advanced to the rank of rear admiral on the basis of combat awards.
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