Gano, Roy Alexander, VADM

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Last Rank
Vice Admiral
Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1959-1964, Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), Military Sealift Fleet Support Command (MSC/MSFSC)
Service Years
1926 - 1964
Vice Admiral
Vice Admiral

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Home State
Minnesota
Minnesota
Year of Birth
1902
 
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Home Town
Pipestone, MN
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Jan 20, 1971
 
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section: 5 Grave: 40

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Vice Admiral ROY A. GANO, Commander, Military Sea Transportation Service, Department of the Navy, was twice awarded the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism while commanding USS Dyson, a destroyer assigned to Destroyer Squadron Twenty-three (nicknamed the Little Beavers Squadron). His first Navy Cross was for extraordinary heroism displayed in a night engagement with six enemy Japanese warships off Bougainville, British Solomon Islands, on November 24-25, 1943. He fought his ship with resolute courage and daring aggressiveness, frequently risking his own personal safety to press home vigorous, unrelenting attacks upon japanese surface forces, thus contributing materially to the crushing defeat imposed upon the enemy in the sinking of four ships and the serious damaging of two others.

Vice Admiral Gano recieved his second Navy Cross (Gold Star in Lieu of) for extraordinary heroism as Commanding Officer of the USS Dyson, in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands on the night of November 1-2, 1943. With his Task Force engaging a Japanese surface force of superior fire power, he hurled the full fighting strength of his ship against the enemy and assisted his Task Force in sinking five hostile warships, in damaging four others and in completely routing the enemy, thereby contributing materially to the successful establishment of our beachhead on Bougainville Island.
   
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Name of Award
Navy Cross (X2)
Year Awarded
1943
1943
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Captain [then Commander] Roy Alexander Gano (NSN: 0-60236/1100), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Destroyer U.S.S. DYSON (DD-509), during an engagement with Japanese naval forces at Empress Augusta Bay, off Bougainville, Solomon Islands, on the night of 1 - 2 November 1943. With his Task Force engaging a Japanese surface force of superior fire power, Captain Gano hurled the full fighting strength of his ship against the enemy and, by his inspiring leadership and skilled combat tactics, aided his Task Force in sinking five hostile warships, in damaging four others and in completely routing the enemy, thereby contributing materially to the successful establishment of our beachhead on Bougainville Island. His determination, relentless fighting spirit and gallant devotion to duty upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
General Orders: Commander South Pacific Area: Serial 00162 (January 14, 1944)
Action Date: November 1 - 2, 1943
Service: Navy
Rank: Captain
Company: Commanding Officer
Division: U.S.S. Dyson (DD-572)


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 Navy Cross to Captain [then Commander] Roy Alexander Gano (NSN: 0-60236/1100), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Destroyer U.S.S. DYSON (DD-572), attached to Destroyer Squadron TWENTY-THREE (DesRon 23), during a night engagement with the six enemy Japanese warships off Bougainville, British Solomon Islands, during the Battle of Empress Augusta Bay on 24 and 25 November 1943. Seeking out and fearlessly engaging a powerful enemy, Captain Gano fought his ship with resolute courage and daring aggressiveness, frequently risking his own personal safety to press home vigorous, unrelenting attacks upon Japanese surface forces. By his extreme valor and inspiring leadership, he evoked the indomitable fighting spirit which enabled the gallant officers and men under his command to contribute materially to the crushing defeat imposed upon the enemy in the sinking of four ships and the serious damaging of two others. An expert seaman and tactician, Captain Gano retired the DYSON from the engagement without loss or damage and his high devotion to duty and splendid conduct throughout the action were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. 
General Orders: Commander South Pacific: Serial 00193 (January 17, 1944)
Action Date: November 24 - 25, 1943
Service: Navy
Rank: Captain
Company: Commanding Officer
Division: U.S.S. Dyson (DD-572)

   
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US NavyNaval Research Labratory (NRL)CNO - OPNAVDESRON 5, COMNAVSURFGRU MIDPAC
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  1926-1929, USS Tennessee (BB-43)
  1929-1930, USS John D. Edwards (DD-216)
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  1931-1932, USS Macleish (DD-220)
  1934-1937, USS Dewey (DD-349)
  1937-1939, Naval Research Labratory (NRL)
  1942-1944, USS Dyson (DD-572)
  1944-1946, CNO - OPNAV
  1946-1948, DESRON 5, COMNAVSURFGRU MIDPAC
  1951-1952, USS Saint Paul (CA-73)
  1956-1958, Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), Military Sealift Fleet Support Command (MSC/MSFSC)
  1958-1959, COMPHIBGRU 2 (CPG 2)
  1959-1964, Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), Military Sealift Fleet Support Command (MSC/MSFSC)
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  Jun 03, 1926, Commission Date
  Jun 03, 1929, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Jun 30, 1936, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Sep 01, 1940, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Aug 15, 1942, Promoted to Commander
  Dec 30, 1942, Commissioning Crew and CO of USS Dyson (DD-572)
  Aug 01, 1943, Promoted to Captain
  May 01, 1954, Promoted to Rear Admiral
  Apr 01, 1959, Promoted to Vice Admiral
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