Ainsworth, Walden "Pug", VADM

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Last Rank
Vice Admiral
Last Primary Designator/NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1946-1948, 111X, 5th Naval District
Service Years
1910 - 1948
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Neptune Subpoena
Order of the Rock
Order of the Golden Dragon
Panama Canal
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Vice Admiral
Vice Admiral

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Home State
Minnesota
Minnesota
Year of Birth
1886
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Wonalancet, NH

Date of Passing
Aug 07, 1960
 
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 2

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 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Order of the Golden Dragon


 Military Association Memberships
United States Naval Academy Alumni AssociationMilitary Order of Foreign Wars of the United StatesThe National Association of Destroyer Veterans (Tin Can Sailors)Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW)
  1910, United States Naval Academy Alumni Association [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1945, Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1945, The National Association of Destroyer Veterans (Tin Can Sailors) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1945, Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW)


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity


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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  1912-1914, 116X, USS Prairie State (IX-15)
  1914-1917, 116X, USS Florida (BB-30)
  1919-1919, 111X, USS Frederick (CA-8)
  1921-1923, 111X, USS Hancock (AP-3)
  1923-1924, 111X, USS Birmingham (CL-2)
  1923-1924, 111X, USS Marcus (DD-321)
  1927-1928, 111X, USS Paul Jones (DD-230)
  1928-1931, 111X, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1931-1932, 111X, USS Idaho (BB-42)
  1932-1933, 111X, USS Pensacola (CA-24)
  1934-1936, 111X, NMCRC Providence RI/Naval Reserve Readiness Command Region 1 Newport RI
  1936-1938, 111X, USS Mississippi (BB-41)
  1938-1940, 111X, New Orleans
  1940-1941, 111X, Cruiser Destroyer Group 8/DESRON 2
  1941-1942, 111X, USS Mississippi (BB-41)
  1942-1943, 111X, COMSIXTHFLT/Commander Task Force 67 (CTF-67)
  1943-1945, 111X, COMCRUDESPAC
  1946-1948, 111X, 5th Naval District
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  1918-1918 World War I/Convoy Duty
  1942-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)
  1942-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Georgia Group Operation
  1943-1943 Aleutians Islands Campaign (1942-43)/Bombardment of Kiska
  1943-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Marshall Islands Operation
  1943-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Guam
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  1906-1910, United States Naval Academy
  1932-1933, Naval War College
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