Ryan Jr., Thomas John, RADM

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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1948-1950, Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), Military Sealift Fleet Support Command (MSC/MSFSC)
Service Years
1921 - 1950
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Order of the Golden Dragon
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Rear Admiral Upper Half
Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Contact Info
Home Town
New Orleans
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Jan 28, 1970
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 34, Lot 80-A-1

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Order of the Shellback

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Ryan was a 1921 graduate of the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland. While an ensign, he was in Yokohama, Japan during the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake, during which he saved a woman, Mrs. Slack, from the burning Grand Hotel.  This action earned Ryan the Medal of Honor, making him one of 18 men to receive the Medal of Honor during the interwar period from 1920-1940.  Ryan was presented the Medal of Honor by President Calvin Coolidge at the White House on March 15, 1924.  Ryan went on to reach the rank of rear admiral
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His citation reads as follows:

"For heroism in effecting the rescue of a woman from the burning Grand Hotel, Yokohama, Japan, on 1 September 1923. Following the earthquake and fire which occurred in Yokohama on 1 September, Ens. Ryan, with complete disregard for his own life, extricated a woman from the Grand Hotel, thus saving her life. His heroic conduct upon this occasion reflects the greatest credit on himself and on the U.S. Navy, of which he is a part."

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyNaval Attache/Asst Naval Attache, CNO - OPNAVNaval Legal Service Units (JAG)USS Arizona (BB-39)
Naval War College (Staff)CNO - OPNAVDESRON 12, Commander, Naval Surface Force, Atlantic (COMNAVSURFLANT)DESRON 21, Commander, Naval Surface Force, Pacific (COMNAVSURFPAC)
COMFIFTHFLTUS Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)Military Sealift Fleet Support Command  (MSC/MSFSC), Military Sealift Command Headquarters (MSCHQ)
  1921-1921, USS Salem (CL-3)
  1921-1921, USS Zane (DD-337)
  1921-1922, USS Abarenda (AG-14)
  1922-1924, Naval Attache Office (NAO) Tokyo, Japan, Naval Attache/Asst Naval Attache
  1924-1926, The White House
  1924-1926, USS Mayflower (PY-1)
  1926-1928, USS Bruce (DD-329)
  1928-1931, Office of Judge Advocate General (OJAG)
  1931-1934, USS Arizona (BB-39)
  1934-1935, Naval War College (Staff)
  1935-1936, RTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) Newport, RI
  1936-1938, Commander Battleship Division 2
  1938-1940, Commander in Chief, United States Fleet (CINCUS)
  1940-1940, USS Hale (DD-133)
  1940-1942, CNO - OPNAV
  1942-1942, Commander, Destroyer Division 24
  1942-1943, DESRON 12, Commander, Naval Surface Force, Atlantic (COMNAVSURFLANT)
  1943-1943, DESRON 21, Commander, Naval Surface Force, Pacific (COMNAVSURFPAC)
  1943-1944, Fifth Amphibious Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet, COMFIFTHFLT
  1944-1946, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1946-1946, USS Providence (CL-82)
  1946-1948, 8th Naval District
  1948-1950, Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), Military Sealift Fleet Support Command (MSC/MSFSC)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1943-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Georgia Campaign (1943)
  1943-1943 New Georgia Campaign (1943)/Battle of Kolombangara
  1943-1943 New Georgia Campaign (1943)/Battle of Vella Gulf
  1943-1943 New Georgia Campaign (1943)/Battle off Horaniu
 Colleges Attended 
Tulane UniversityUnited States Naval AcademyGeorge Washington UniversityNaval War College
  1916-1917, Tulane University
  1917-1921, United States Naval Academy1
  1929-1930, George Washington University
  1934-1935, Naval War College
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