Stump, Felix, ADM

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132X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Naval Flight Officer
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1953-1958, 132X, US Pacific Command (USCINCPAC/USPACOM)
Service Years
1917 - 1958

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Home State
West Virginia
West Virginia
Year of Birth
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Last Address
Parkersburg, West Virginia

Date of Passing
Jun 13, 1972
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I created this profile of Admiral Stump as part of my research of the Battle Off Samar.  Stump was the Commander of the American Task Unit 77.4.2 (Taffy II).  The little escort carriers (CVEs) he commanded were an intergal part of winning the war in the Pacific.

Please add ADM Stump to your list of shipmates and visit often.  

This profile is about 80% complete.

Please visit my Battle Off Samar famous Naval officer profiles:

  • VADM Clifton Sprague
  • VADM Thomas Sprague
  • VADM Ralph Ofstie
  • RADM William Sample
  • RADM Robert Copeland
  • RADM Leon Kintberger
  • CDR Ernest Evans

  • See my website for more insight:
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  • A native of Parkersburg, West Virginia, he was appointed to the Naval Academy in 1913; graduated in March 1917.
  • Served in the gunboat YORKTOWN (PG-1)and cruiser CINCINNATI (C-7) during World War 1 in the Atlantic.  After the war he served in the battleship ALABAMA (BB-8).  
  • Attended flight training at the Naval Air Station, Pensacola in 1920-1921 followed by postgraduate instruction in Aeronautical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  
  • Was a Naval Flight Officer in Torpedo Squadron 2 (VT-2) "Doer Birds" of the experimental carrier USS LANGLEY (CV-1).  
  • Commanded Cruiser Scouting Wing in 1928-1929 and served on the Staff of Commander Cruisers, Scouting Fleet in 1930-1931.  
  • Was Commanding Officer of SARATOGA's Scout-Bombing Squadron 2 (VSB-2) in 1936-1937.  
  • Served as Navigator of LEXINGTON (CV-2) and Executive Officer of ENTERPRISE (CV-6).  
  • At the outbreak of World War 2 he was Commanding Officer of LANGLEY (CV-1) in Manila Bay, Philippines.  In January 1942 he was transferred to the Staff of the Commander in Chief, Asiatic Fleet for which he was awarded the U.S. Army's Distinguished Service Medal.
  • In 1942 he served as Air Officer for Commander Western Sea Frontier before taking command of the new carrier LEXINGTON (CV-16).  Participated in operations against Kwajalein, Gilbert and Marshall Island Campaign, air strikes on Truk, and the Battle for the Marianas Islands.  
  • Carrier Division 24 of Task Unit 77.4.2 (Taffy II) at Leyte Gulf and Samar embarked in NATOMA BAY (CVE-62) in October 1944.   For this action he was awarded the Navy Cross.
  • Completed the war as Commander Carrier Division 24 embarked in Corregidor (CVE-58) in 1945.   For this action he was awarded a second Navy Cross.
  • Was Chief of Naval Air Technical Training Command from May 1945 to December 1948.  
  • Served successively as Commander in Chief, Pacific and Commander U.S. Pacific Fleet until his retirement, effective August 1, 1958.  
  • After his retirement, he was appointed to the position of Vice Chairman of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.
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     Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
    US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)US NavyNaval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLFormal Schools and Training Courses
    USS Langley (CV-1)VT-2 Doer BirdsUSS Saratoga (CV-3)USS Lexington (CV-2)
    USS Enterprise (CV-6)USS Lexington (CV-16)Naval Air Technical Training Command (Staff), Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (Staff)Naval Air Forces Atlantic Fleet, Commander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)
      1913-1917, 00X, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
      1917-1917, 110X, USS Yorktown (PG-1)
      1918-1918, 110X, USS Cincinnati (C-7)
      1919-1920, 111X, USS Alabama (BB-8)
      1920-1920, 132X, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
      1920-1921, 137X, Naval Flight Training
      1923-1925, 132X, USS Langley (CV-1)
      1923-1925, 132X, VT-2 Doer Birds
      1926-1927, 132X, NAS Hampton Roads
      1928-1929, 132X, Commander Cruiser Scouting Wing
      1930-1931, 132X, Commander Cruisers Scouting Fleet
      1932-1935, 132X, Bureau of Aeronautics
      1936-1937, 132X, USS Saratoga (CV-3)
      1936-1937, 132X, VSB-2
      1938-1939, 132X, USS Lexington (CV-2)
      1940-1940, 132X, USS Enterprise (CV-6)
      1941-1941, 132X, USS Langley (CV-1)
      1942-1942, 132X, Commander, Western Sea Frontier
      1942-1942, 132X, Commander In Chief Asiatic Fleet
      1942-1943, 132X, USS Lexington (CV-16)
      1944-1944, 132X, Carrier Division 24 (COMCARDIV 24)
      1944-1944, 132X, USS Natoma Bay (CVE-62)
      1944-1944, 132X, Carrier Division 24 (COMCARDIV 24)
      1944-1944, 132X, USS Corregidor (CVE-58)
      1945-1948, 132X, Naval Air Technical Training Command (Staff), Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (Staff)
      1948-1951, 132X, Naval Air Forces Atlantic Fleet, Commander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)
      1951-1953, 132X, C2F JFACC 0186, COMSECONDFLT
      1953-1958, 132X, US Pacific Command (USCINCPAC/USPACOM)
     Combat and Non-Combat Operations
      1941-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Naval attack of Truk (Operation Hailstone)
      1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
      1943-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)
      1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)
      1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Samar
     Colleges Attended 
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
      1921-1922, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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