John B. Cabell

1921 - 17 April 2011

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As Commanding Officer in the 1959-60 USS Kearsarge Cruisebook photo

Designated U.S. Navy Helicopter Pilot #89 - 24 September 1948

John Breckenridge Cabell became HS-6's third Commanding Officer when he relieved Commander Earl F. Oglesby on 7 July 1959.

Commander Cabell had a distinguished career as a Naval officer and decorated combat veteran of World War II and the Korean war. He was a World War II Torpedo bomber pilot flying TBM-3 Avengers off the USS Essex (CV-9) and was awarded the Navy Cross for action against the Imperial Japanese Navy. After the war he became the 100th pilot to fly a Navy helicopter and the 89th to be designated a Navy Helicopter Pilot. He was born in Wisconsin in 1921, studied Engineering at the University of Montana, and graduated from Stanford University with a BSME.  Commander Cabell retired from the Navy in 1968, and became a Master Wood Craftsman, and owner/operator of Old Dominion Woodmasters for 38 years. During this time he produced fine wood furniture, as well as metal designs for the NASA space program.

Read Citation for John Cabell's Navy Cross

Updated: 08/10/14