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Severin Louis Rombach

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Severin Louis Rombach
Born(1914-11-26)November 26, 1914
Cleveland, Ohio
DiedJune 4, 1942(1942-06-04) (aged 27)
near Midway Island
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Naval Reserve
Years of service1939–1942
RankLieutenant (junior grade)
UnitUSS Enterprise (CV-6)
Torpedo Squadron 6
Battles/warsBattle of Midway
AwardsNavy Cross (posthumous)

Severin Louis Rombach (November 26, 1914 – June 4, 1942) was an American naval aviator who was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for service during World War II.

Early life and career[edit]

Rombach was born on November 26, 1914, in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended Ohio University, where he earned a B.A. in commerce. While a student at Ohio, he was a member of the German club and a manager for the football team.[1] He enlisted in the Naval Reserve at Grosse Ile, Michigan on May 5, 1939. Rombach was appointed aviation cadet on September 21, 1939, and was designated naval aviator on May 10, 1940. On June 12, 1940, he was promoted to ensign, and shortly thereafter he was assigned to USS Enterprise (CV-6) for duty flying with Torpedo Squadron 6. Rombach was promoted to Lieutenant (junior grade) on May 28, 1942.

Navy Cross[edit]

Rombach was reported missing in action on June 4, 1942, after his plane had been hit in the Battle of Midway. Lieutenant (junior grade) Rombach was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his participation in:

. . . a vigorous and intensive assault against the Japanese invasion fleet, ... Rombach pressed home his attack with relentless determination, in the face of a terrific barrage of antiaircraft fire.


The US Navy named the destroyer escort USS Rombach (DE-364) in Rombach's honor. The ship was laid down on March 20, 1944, by Consolidated Steel Corporation in Orange, Texas. USS Rombach was launched on June 6, 1944, sponsored by Rombach's widow, and was commissioned on September 20, 1944, Lieutenant Commander Calvert Burke Gill in command.

See also[edit]

Other articles of the topic World War II : Edwin William Hurst, London Lewis Traw, Wendover Air Force Base, John William Haas, Robert Lee Pettit, Albert Mampre, Merrit Cecil Walton
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  • Battle of Midway


  1. Athena Yearbook, 1936. University of Ohio. 1936. p. 37. Retrieved August 14, 2017. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
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