Emil H. Kirsch was
born October 30, 1900, in Chamberlain, South Dakota. He attended
the University of Minnesota and later graduated from South Dakota
State School of Mines and Technology in June 1924 with a Bachelor
of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. Captain Kirsch was appointed
as a Deck Officer on July 11, 1925, and was commissioned as
an Ensign on March 26, 1926.
During his 33-year career, Captain Kirsch had various sea assignments
that included serving aboard the following ships: SURVEYOR,
PATHFINDER, HYDROGRAPHER as Accounting Officer, GUIDE as Accounting
Officer, DERICKSON as Executive Officer, EXPLORER as Navigating
Officer, and later as Commanding Officer, and the GILBERT as
Commanding Officer. He served as Chief of Party on several Air
Photo Parties, was assigned as Officer in Charge of the Baltimore
Photo Office and at the time of his retirement on February 1,
1959, he was serving as District Officer at the Seattle District
Captain Kirsch was transferred to the Department of the Navy,
U.S. Marine Corps during World War II from December 9, 1942
until March 2, 1946. During this time he was given temporary
promotions to Commander and Captain.
Captain Kirsch is survived by his wife of 52 years, Frances
M. Curington, and three children--daughters, Jean C. Gressette
and Susan M. Nelson, and son, John P. Kirsch.
NOAA CORPS BULLETIN, 6/1/1984