Pirie, Robert Burns, VADM

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Last Rank
Vice Admiral
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1958-1962, CNO - OPNAV
Service Years
1922 - 1962
Vice Admiral
Vice Admiral

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Pirie, Robert Burns, VADM USN(Ret).
Contact Info
Home Town
Wymore, VA
Last Address
Fort Belvoir, VA

Date of Passing
Jan 09, 1990
Location of Interment
U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery - Annapolis, Maryland
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal

 Military Association Memberships
United States Navy Memorial
  2019, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

After his military service, Robert Pirie worked for Aerojet General Corporation.
Other Comments:

Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Awarded for Actions During Cold War
Service: Navy
General Orders: Board Serial 732 (
September 20, 1962)
Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Vice Admiral Robert Burns Pirie (NSN: 0-60482), United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Air) from May 1958 to November 1962. A dynamic leader and skilled technician in the field of aviation, Vice Admiral Pirie has been responsible for advances which contributed significantly to the effectiveness of the naval air arm as an element of sea power and which raised the level of Fleet readiness to unprecedented heights. In strengthening the Navy's weapons arsenal and improving fleet tactical doctrine, he vigorously sought better weapons and equipment based upon sound research and accurate evaluation of operational experience. Under his direction, significant improvements were achieved in aviation safety, a more efficient and economical program for aviation maintenance was instituted, and training and operating procedures were standardized. Exercising initiative and foresight, Vice Admiral Pirie established the first formal Navy organization for astronautic and led the Navy in the exploitation of space as essential to the perpetuation of sea power supremacy. Through his knowledge and understanding of aviation in general, and of the unique problems of naval aviation in particular, he made important contributions to aviation development as a representative of the Navy and the nation on policy-making boards and committees at inter-service, national and international levels. His inspiring leadership, sound judgment, keen foresight, and untiring devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.
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 Duty Stations
US NavyUSS Barry (DD-248)NAS PensacolaUSS Lexington (CV-2)
NAS AnacostiaUSS Raleigh (CL-7)US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)USS Yorktown (CV-5)
NAS Miami, FLCommander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVAIRPAC)Carrier Division 4 (COMCARDIV 4)CNO - OPNAV
USS Sicily (CVE-118)Commander-in-Chief, US Atlantic Fleet (CINCLANTFLT)COMSECONDFLT
  1926-1927, USS Dobbin (AD-3)
  1927-1928, USS Barry (DD-248)
  1928-1929, NAS Pensacola
  1929-1931, USS Lexington (CV-2)
  1931-1933, NAS Anacostia
  1935-1936, USS Raleigh (CL-7)
  1936-1938, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1938-1939, USS Teal (AM-23)
  1939-1940, USS Yorktown (CV-5)
  1940-1942, NAS Miami, FL
  1942-1943, Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVAIRPAC)
  1943-1944, USS Mission Bay (CVE-59)
  1944-1945, Carrier Division 4 (COMCARDIV 4)
  1945-1945, Commander in Chief, United States Fleet (CINCUS)
  1945-1946, CNO - OPNAV
  1945-1948, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1948-1949, USS Sicily (CVE-118)
  1949-1952, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1952-1952, USS Coral Sea (CVB-43)
  1953-1954, Commander Naval Forces Eastern Atlantic /Mediterranean (CINCNELM/COMNELM)
  1954-1955, Commander-in-Chief, US Atlantic Fleet (CINCLANTFLT)
  1956-1957, Carrier Division 6 (COMCARDIV 6)
  1957-1958, COMSECONDFLT
  1958-1962, CNO - OPNAV
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Guam
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Tinian
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Saipan
  1945-1945 World War II/China-Burma-India Theater/China Defensive Campaign (1942-45)
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1922-1926, United States Naval Academy
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jun 03, 1926, Commissioned as Ensign
  Jun 03, 1929, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Jun 25, 1929, Designated Naval Aviator
  Jun 30, 1936, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Jul 01, 1940, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Sep 07, 1942, Promoted to Commander
  Jan 22, 1944, Promoted to Captain
  Jul 01, 1953, Promoted to Rear Admiral
  Jul 03, 1957, Promoted to Vice Admiral
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