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Ernest Gregor Small
|Born||November 5, 1888|
|Died||December 27, 1944 (aged 56)|
Brooklyn, New York
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1912-1944|
|Commands held||USS Salt Lake City (CA-25)|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
Battle of Cape Esperance
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.