Captain Emile Frank Verlaine Dechaineux, DSC

Date of birth  1902-10-03  Lanceston, TAS. 
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs)  1915-12-31  Enlisted in the RAN. 
Other  1916  Entered the Royal Australian Naval College at Jervis Bay. 
Other  1919  Graduated from the Royal Australian Naval College. 
Date promoted  1920  Appointed midshipman. 
Date returned to Australia  1924  Served on the HMAS Brisbane. 
Date promoted  1925  Appointed lieutenant. 
Other units  1925  Transferred to HMAS Melbourne. 
Other  1926  Returned to England where he trained as a torpedo officer and naval air observor. 
Date promoted  1932  Appointed lieutenant commander. 
Other  1935  Appointed squadron torpedo officer in HMAS Canberra. 
Other  1937  Attended the Royal Navy Staff College in England. 
Date promoted  1937-06  Appointed commander. 
Other units  1940-04  Given command of HMS Eglinton. 
Date returned to Australia  1941  Returned to become director of operations at Navy Office, Melbourne. 
Date of honour or award  1941-07-01  Awarded Distinguished Service Cross (DSC), for destorying German E boats after Dunkirk.  
Other units  1942-11-23  Given command of HMAS Warramunga. 
Date promoted  1942-12-31  Appointed captain. 
Other  1943-06  Given command of Task Group 74.2 with tactical control of a destroyer formation that included United States Naval vessels. 
Other  1944-03-05  Given comand of HMAS Australia. 
Other  1944-10  Served in the Phillipines. 
Date of death  1944-10-21  Died as of wounds incurred in an attack by a Japanese dive bomber during the Battle of Leyte Gulf, Phillipines. Dechaineux was burried at sea. 
Date of honour or award  1947-05-15  Posthumously awarded the American Legion of Merit in the Degree of Officer. 
Other  1990  Collins Class submarine was named HMAS Dechaineux.