Fife, James, Jr., ADM

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1953-1955, Commander Naval Forces Eastern Atlantic /Mediterranean (CINCNELM/COMNELM)
Service Years
1917 - 1955

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Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Reno, NV
Last Address
Stonington, CT

Date of Passing
Nov 01, 1975
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
11 195-2

 Official Badges 

Joint Chiefs of Staff US Navy Retired 30

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
United States Navy Memorial
  2020, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

James Fife Jr. retired from the Navy in August 1955, and was promoted upon retirement to full admiral. In retirement he served as the Director of Mystic Seaport museum in Stonington, Connecticut. During his tenure at Mystic Seaport he oversaw a great expansion of the museum's exhibits and the refloating of the historic whaling ship Charles W. Morgan. He bequeathed his estate in Stonington to the U.S. Navy, which turned it into a recreational area. The park is located at 571 Stonington Road (U.S. Route 1). A commemorative plaque is located on the property. Fife Hall, a navigation training facility at Naval Submarine Base New London is named in his honor. The USS Fife (DD-991), commissioned 31 May 1980 and decommissioned in 2003, was named in his honor.

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Submarine Officer Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyNAVSUBASE New London/GrotonUSS Beaver (AS-5)USS Leary (DD-158)
USS Nautilus (SS-168)Naval Submarine SchoolCOMSUBRON 20, COMSUBGRU 10Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)
  1917-1917, USS Tacoma (C-18)
  1918-1918, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1918-1918, USS Chicago
  1919-1919, USS R-2 (SS-79)
  1920-1921, USS S-3 (SS-107)
  1921-1921, USS R-19 (SS-96)
  1922-1923, USS R-18 (SS-95)
  1924-1924, USS Seagull (AM-30)
  1925-1926, USS Beaver (AS-5)
  1926-1926, USS Elcano (PG-38)
  1931-1931, USS Leary (DD-158)
  1931-1931, USS Idaho (BB-42)
  1932-1934, USS Hatfield (DD-231)
  1934-1935, Bureau of Navigation (BuNav)
  1935-1937, USS Nautilus (SS-168)
  1938-1942, Naval Submarine School
  1942-1942, COMSUBRON 20, COMSUBGRU 10
  1942-1942, Commander, Submarines Asiatic (COMSUBASIATIC), Commander In Chief Asiatic Fleet
  1943-1944, Commander, Allied Naval Forces, West Australia
  1944-1944, Commander in Chief, United States Fleet (CINCUS)
  1944-1945, Commander, Allied Naval Forces, West Australia
  1945-1947, Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)
  1950-1953, CNO - OPNAV
  1953-1955, Commander Naval Forces Eastern Atlantic /Mediterranean (CINCNELM/COMNELM)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1914-1917, United States Naval Academy
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  NAMESAKE - FIFE HALL(BLDG 437) - Naval Submarine Base New London
  NAMESAKE - Admiral Fife Recreation Area - Naval Submarine Base, New London1
  Jul 29, 1917, Commissioned as Ensign
  Oct 15, 1917, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Jul 01, 1920, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Mar 11, 1930, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Jul 01, 1935, Promoted to Commander
  Jan 07, 1942, Promoted to Captain
  Apr 07, 1943, Promoted to Rear Admiral
  Aug 05, 1951, Promoted to Vice Admiral
  Jan 01, 1955, Retired
  May 31, 1980, NAMESAKE - USS FIFE (DD-991)4
  Aug 23, 2005, NAMESAKE - USS FIFE (DD-991) - SINKEX4
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