Bulkeley, John Duncan, VADM

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Last Rank
Vice Admiral
Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1967-1969, 111X, Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV)
Service Years
1933 - 1988
Vice Admiral
Vice Admiral

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Home Town
New York
Last Address
Silver Spring, Maryland

Date of Passing
Apr 06, 1996
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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John Bulkeley never forgot his early years, the hard-iron like discipline, the poor material condition of the fleet, and the need to always be ready, in his own words, "?to be able to conduct prompt, sustained, combat operations at sea." Assigned as President of the Board of Inspection and Survey, a post held by many distinguished naval officers since it?s inception almost at the beginning of the Navy, his boundless energy would take him aboard every ship in the Navy, from keel to top of the mast, from fire control system to inside a boiler, discussing readiness and sharing sea stories and a cup of coffee with the men who operate our ships, planes, and submarines. He was relentless in his quest to improve the safety and material condition of the fleet and the conditions for the health and well being of those that manned them. He conducted his inspections by the book in strict accordance with standards as many a man well knows, but his love for the sailors always came through.
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Bulkeley's Medal of Honor citation reads:

For extraordinary heroism, distinguished service, and conspicuous gallantry above and beyond the call of duty as commander of Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 3, in Philippine waters during the period 7 December 1941 to 10 April 1942. The remarkable achievement of LCDR Bulkeley's command in damaging or destroying a notable number of Japanese enemy planes, surface combatant and merchant ships, and in dispersing landing parties and land-based enemy forces during the 4 months and 8 days of operation without benefit of repairs, overhaul, or maintenance facilities for his squadron, is believed to be without precedent in this type of warfare. His dynamic forcefulness and daring in offensive action, his brilliantly planned and skillfully executed attacks, supplemented by a unique resourcefulness and ingenuity, characterize him as an outstanding leader of men and a gallant and intrepid seaman. These qualities coupled with a complete disregard for his own personal safety reflect great credit upon him and the Naval Service.

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyMotor Torpedo Boat Squadrons (MTBRON)Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron (MTBRON) 34NAVBASE Guantanamo Bay
Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV)
  1933-1935, 110X, USS Indianapolis (CL-35)
  1941-1942, Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron (MTBRON) 3
  1944-1944, Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron (MTBRON) 34
  1944-1945, 111X, USS Endicott (DD-495)
  1960-1962, 111X, NAVBASE Guantanamo Bay
  1967-1969, 111X, Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)/Battle of Bataan
  1944-1944 Normandy Campaign (1944)/Operation Overlord
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1930-1933, United States Naval Academy1
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