Ainsworth, Walden Lee, VADM

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Last Rank
Vice Admiral
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1945-1948, 5th Naval District
Service Years
1910 - 1948
Vice Admiral
Vice Admiral

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Home State
Minnesota
Minnesota
Year of Birth
1886
 
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Home Town
Minneapolis, MN
Last Address
Wonalancet, NH

Date of Passing
Aug 07, 1960
 
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
4717-A-RH

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After returning to the United States in the summer of 1945, Vice Admiral Ainsworth commanded the Fifth Naval District until retiring on December 1, 1948. He made his retirement home at Wonalancet, New Hampshire . He was buried with full military honors in Section 2 of Arlington National Cemetery. His wife, Katherine Gardner Ainsworth (1888-1973) is buried with him.

   
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Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Awarded for actions during the World War II
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Rear Admiral Walden Lee Ainsworth (NSN: 0-7248), United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States. During the period from 10 December 1942 until 18 July 1943, Rear Admiral Ainsworth has been in command of Task Forces operating as a part of the South Pacific Force. The forces under his command have conducted many offensive operations in this area; such included repeated bombardment of enemy installations, the interception and defeat of enemy forces operating in the Solomons Area, and culminated by the two successful night engagements in Kula Gulf in the month of July. These operations have all been conducted in the face of determined enemy resistance and the forces under his command have been repeatedly subjected to enemy submarine, surface, and air attack. The success of many operations in the Solomon Islands has been, to a large degree, due to the energetic and courageous leadership of Rear Admiral Ainsworth.
General Orders: Commander South Pacific: Serial 2667 (August 2, 1943)
Action Date: December 10, 1942 - July 18, 1943
Service: Navy
Rank: Rear Admiral

Navy Cross
Awarded for actions during the World War II
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Rear Admiral Walden Lee Ainsworth (NSN: 0-7248), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Task Force Commander, Task Group 36.1, in offensive action against enemy Japanese forces in the Kula Gulf, Solomon Islands, on 5 and 6 July 1943. On 5 July 1943, Admiral Ainsworth gallantly led his Task Force into the restricted and submarine infested waters where, in the face of enemy gun and torpedo fire, he directed the bombardment of shore batteries and installations which covered the landings by our troops. Twenty-four hours later, he again led his ships against a Japanese force of approximately ten vessels. The skillful and accurate fire of his Task Force sank or severely damaged all of the enemy units. His outstanding leadership, brilliant tactics, and courageous conduct throughout the engagements contributed immeasurably to the destruction of the enemy forces and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
General Orders: Commander South Pacific Force and Area: Serial 2471 (July 19, 1943)
Action Date: July 5 & 6, 1943
Service: Navy
Rank: Rear Admiral
Company: Task Force Commander
Division: Task Group 36.1

Legion of Merit with Combat "V"
Awarded for actions during the World War II
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Legion of Merit with Combat "V" to Rear Admiral Walden Lee Ainsworth (NSN: 0-7248), United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States during the assault and occupation of an enemy-held island objective in World War II. Rear Admiral Ainsworth commanded the fire support group which bombarded the objective prior to, during and subsequent to the assault by our forces. By his personal leadership, his skillful handling of his ship, and his thorough knowledge of amphibious fire support problems he caused his ships to render accurate and devastating naval gunfire support to our assault troops, and contributed in a large degree to the successful capture of the island. His outstanding conduct and services were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. (Rear Admiral Ainsworth is authorized to wear the Combat "V".)
General Orders: Commander Amphibious Forces Pacific: Serial 1729 (September 19, 1944)
Action Date: World War II
Service: Navy

Legion of Merit
Awarded for actions during the World War II
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Legion of Merit to Rear Admiral Walden Lee Ainsworth (NSN: 0-7248), United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Commander Destroyers and Commander Cruisers, United States Pacific Fleet, from October 1944 to July 1945. He displayed exceptional ability and aggressiveness in handling the organization and administration of the cruisers, destroyers, destroyer escorts and patrol frigates under his command during a period when these ships were playing a most vital part in an unprecedented offensive against a ruthless and fanatic enemy. His sound judgment and experience were of great value in providing for the servicing of these ships in Forward Areas. In addition, he handled the countless detailed problems of his command, including the supervision of training programs, with the greatest efficiency. His professional excellence, energetic initiative, and devotion to duty were strong determining factors in the successful prosecution of the war against the Japanese Empire, and were at all times in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
General Orders: Commander in Chief Pacific: Serial 33918 (July 14, 1945)
Action Date: October 1944 - July 1945
Service: Navy
Rank: Rear Admiral
   
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US NavyUS Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)USS Mississippi (BB-41)Cruiser Destroyer Group  8/DESRON 2
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  1910-1910, USS Iowa (BB-4)
  1910-1912, USS Idaho (BB-24)
  1912-1914, USS Prairie State (IX-15)
  1914-1917, USS Florida (BB-30)
  1917-1918, USS America (ID-3006)
  1921-1921, USS Hancock (AP-3)
  1921-1922, USS Birmingham (CL-2)
  1922-1923, USS Marcus (DD-321)
  1924-1925, Brooklyn Navy Yard
  1925-1927, USS Black Hawk (AD-9)
  1927-1928, USS Paul Jones (DD-230)
  1928-1931, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1931-1931, USS Idaho (BB-42)
  1931-1933, USS Pensacola (CA-24)
  1933-1935, 15th Naval District
  1936-1938, USS Mississippi (BB-41)
  1940-1941, Cruiser Destroyer Group 8/DESRON 2
  1941-1942, USS Mississippi (BB-41)
  1942-1943, COMSIXTHFLT/Commander Task Force 67 (CTF-67)
  1943-1944, Commander, Cruiser Division 9
  1944-1945, COMCRUDESPAC
  1945-1948, 5th Naval District
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1914-1914 US Occupation of Veracruz
  1918-1918 World War I/Convoy Duty
  1943-1943 New Georgia Campaign (1943)/Battle of Kolombangara
  1943-1943 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Kula Gulf
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Guam
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Angaur
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle of Peleliu
  1944-1944 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of the Green Islands
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Eniwetok Atoll (Operation Catchpole)
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  1906-1910, United States Naval Academy
  1935-1936, Naval War College
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  Mar 07, 1912, Commissioned as Ensign
  Mar 07, 1915, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Jul 01, 1917, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Jun 03, 1921, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Jul 01, 1930, Promoted to Commander
  Jun 23, 1938, Promoted to Captain
  Dec 02, 1941, Promoted to Rear Admiral
  Dec 01, 1948, Promoted to Vice Admiral
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Sons of the American RevolutionWW II Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial
  1947, Sons of the American Revolution - Assoc. Page
  2019, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2019, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
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