Wilkinson, Theodore Stark, Jr., VADM

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Last Rank
Vice Admiral
Last Primary NEC
00X-Unknown NOC/Designator
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1945-1946, CNO - OPNAV
Service Years
1905 - 1946
Vice Admiral
Vice Admiral

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by Kent Weekly (SS/DSV) (DBF), EMCS to remember Wilkinson, Theodore Stark, Jr. (*), VADM USN(Ret).

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Contact Info
Home Town
Annapolis, MD
Last Address
Norfolk, VA

Date of Passing
Feb 21, 1946
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
2 3645

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WWII Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial Medal of Honor Recipients
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  2019, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2019, Medal of Honor Recipients [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Last Known Activity

Theodore Wilkinson was only an Ensign when he was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions serving aboard the USS Florida (BB-36) in Veracruz, Mexico. As a Lieutenant, he was recognized for a few of his creations while stationed at the Bureau of Ordance. He is credited with creating a noxious gas filler for shells that would serve as a smoke screen, a successful design of depth charges, and the creation of the firing mechanism for the Mark VI mine.

VADM Wilkinson died in a ferry accident. He was able to save his wife, but he himself drowned.
Other Comments:

Medal of Honor
Service: Navy
Division: U.S.S. Florida
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 177 (December 4, 1915)
Citation: The President of the
United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Ensign Theodore Stark Wilkinson, Jr., United States Navy;

"for distinguished conduct in battle during the engagements of Vera Cruz,
Mexico, 21 and 22 April 1914
, on board the U.S.S. FLORIDA. Ensign Wilkinson was in both days' fighting at the head of his company and was eminent and conspicuous in his conduct, leading his men with skill and courage."
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyUS Defense Attache Office  (USDAO), Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)Commander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)Bureau of Ordnance
Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)USS Indianapolis (CA-35)USS Mississippi (BB-41)Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI)
Commander Naval Amphibious Forces Pacific (COMPHIBPAC)COMSEVENTHFLTJoint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)CNO - OPNAV
  1913-1914, USS Florida (BB-30)
  1914-1914, USS Tennessee (ACR-10)
  1914-1914, US Defense Attache Office (USDAO) Paris, France
  1914-1915, USS North Carolina (ACR-12)
  1915-1916, USS Florida (BB-30)
  1916-1917, Atlantic Fleet Division 7, Commander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)
  1916-1919, Bureau of Ordnance
  1919-1920, USS Kansas (BB-21)
  1920-1921, 111X, USS Pennsylvania (BB-38)
  1921-1921, 111X, USS Osborne (DD-295)
  1921-1922, 111X, USS Goff (DD-247)
  1922-1922, 111X, USS Taylor (DD-94)
  1922-1925, Bureau of Ordnance
  1925-1926, USS King (DD-242)
  1926-1930, Bureau of Navigation
  1930-1931, Commander Cruisers Scouting Fleet
  1931-1934, General Board, Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)
  1934-1936, USS Indianapolis (CA-35)
  1936-1939, Bureau of Navigation
  1939-1941, 111X, Commander Cruisers Scouting Fleet
  1939-1941, USS Indianapolis (CA-35)
  1941-1941, USS Mississippi (BB-41)
  1941-1942, Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI)
  1942-1943, Commander Battleship Division 2
  1943-1943, Commander South Pacific Area and South Pacific Force (COMSOPAC)
  1944-1944, Commander Third Amphibious Force, Commander Naval Amphibious Forces Pacific (COMPHIBPAC)
  1944-1945, Commander Task Force 79 (CTF-79), COMSEVENTHFLT
  1945-1946, Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)
  1945-1946, CNO - OPNAV
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1914-1914 US Occupation of Veracruz
  1936-1936 F.D.R. Pan-American Conference
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Georgia Campaign (1943)
  1943-1943 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Vella Lavella
  1943-1943 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Treasury-Bougainville operation (1943)
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle for Ulithi Atoll
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle of Peleliu
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Angaur
  1945-1945 Luzon Campaign (1944-45)/Invasion of Lingayen Gulf
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyGeorge Washington University
  1905-1909, United States Naval Academy1
  1911-1913, George Washington University
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Arlington National Cemetery
  Jun 05, 1911, Commissioned as Ensign
  Jun 05, 1917, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Mar 29, 1921, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Feb 01, 1937, Promoted to Captain
  Apr 01, 1942, Promoted to Rear Admiral
  Aug 12, 1944, Promoted to Vice Admiral
  Jul 29, 1954, NAMESAKE - USS WILKINSON (DD-930/DL-5) 3
  Mar 19, 2019, General Photos1
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