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Annapolis in Anne Arundel County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Norman Scott Natatorium

Named in honor of Rear Admiral Norman Scott, U.S. Navy


U.S.N.A. Class of 1911

Norman Scott Natatorium Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, June 08
1. Norman Scott Natatorium Marker
Midshipman Scott was instrumental in
introducing intercollegiate swimming
at the Naval Academy in 1911.

Winner of Congressional Medal of Honor
for heroism during the Battle of Savo
Island [sic] on the night of 12-13 November 1942.

Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
Location. 38° 58.92′ N, 76° 28.869′ W. Marker is in Annapolis, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker is on Cooper Road just south of Holloway Road. Click for map. Marker is on the east face of the natatorium (swimming pool building) at the north east side of Bancroft Hall and adjacent to Luce Hall aboard the U.S. Naval Academy. Vehicle access and parking may be restricted in the area, but the marker should be accessible to pedestrians. Visitors will need to show a picture identification to enter the Academy. Marker is in this post office area: Annapolis MD 21402, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Severn and the United States Naval Academy (a few steps from this marker); Site of Old Fort Severn (a few steps from this marker); Vice Admiral William Porter Lawrence, USN
Norman Scott Natatorium, situated between Bancroft Hall and Luce Hall at the U.S. Naval Academy Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, June 08
2. Norman Scott Natatorium, situated between Bancroft Hall and Luce Hall at the U.S. Naval Academy
(The marker is visible on the wall, right center.)
(within shouting distance of this marker); Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale (within shouting distance of this marker); Butler in Annapolis (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Burning of the Brig "Peggy Stewart" (about 300 feet away); HMS Confiance Cannon (about 500 feet away); British 24 Pounder (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Annapolis.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
Also see . . .
1. Norman Scott (1889-1942). (Submitted on November 22, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Naval Battle of Guadalcanal. (Submitted on November 22, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Additional comments.
1. RAdm. Norman Scott
Apparently, this marker was placed on the Natatorium shortly after Scott's death in what was then (1942) referred to as the "Third Battle of Savo Island" and later as the "Naval Battle of Guadalcanal." The admiral's Medal of
RADM Norman Scott Photo, Click for full size
U.S. Naval Historical Center
3. RADM Norman Scott
Honor citation recognized his heroism during that engagement (12-13 November 1942) as well as during the action of 11-12 October 1942 in the same vicinity that was later known as the "Battle of Cape Esperance". It reads as follows:

"For extraordinary heroism and conspicuous intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty during action against enemy Japanese forces off Savo Island on the night of 11-12 October and again on the night of 12-13 November 1942. In the earlier action, intercepting a Japanese Task Force intent upon storming our island positions and landing reinforcements at Guadalcanal, Rear Adm. Scott, with courageous skill and superb coordination of the units under his command, destroyed 8 hostile vessels and put the others to flight. Again challenged, a month later, by the return of a stubborn and persistent foe, he led his force into a desperate battle against tremendous odds, directing close-range operations against the invading enemy until he himself was killed in the furious bombardment by their superior firepower. On each of these occasions his dauntless initiative, inspiring leadership and judicious foresight in a crisis of grave responsibility contributed decisively to the rout of a powerful invasion fleet and to the consequent frustration of a formidable Japanese offensive. He gallantly gave his life in the service of his country."
    — Submitted November 22, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.

Additional keywords. Battle of Guadalcanal; Battle of Cape Esperance; Solomon Islands; South Pacific; USS Atlanta; "friendly fire".
Categories. HeroesWar, World IIWaterways & Vessels
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,006 times since then. Last updated on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   3. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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