Max Clifford Stormes
(27 July 1903-15 November 1942) was a
World War II American naval commander.
Born in Big Flats, New York
Stormes was appointed midshipman on 15 June
and graduated on 15
. He was assigned to USS Nevada
served in USS Chewink
and USS S-33
served with Submarine Division 20 in 1929 and 1930 and then
attended a post-graduate course at the United States
Naval Academy in 1931 and 1932. His next tour of sea
duty was as commanding officer of USS Talbot followed by a tour
Chicago as damage control officer.
Stormes became commanding officer of USS Preston
on 31 October 1941
promoted to commander on 20 August
Comdr. Stormes was killed in action during the night
of 14 and 15 November 1942, when Preston was sunk in the Naval
Comdr. Stormes was posthumously awarded the
as "his coolness and courage
in the face of grave danger, inspired his men to supreme efforts of
determination and endurance to carry on the attack."
The US Navy ship USS
was named in honor of him.