King, Jerome H. Jr., VADM

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Vice Admiral
Last Primary Designator/NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
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1972-1974, CNO - OPNAV/Surface Warfare OPNAV N86
Service Years
1941 - 1974
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Jun 18, 2008
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In 1941 King graduated from Yale University and received his naval commission through the NROTC program. He is perhaps the first NROTC graduate to achieve three-star rank in the U.S. Navy. He spent most of World War II serving in two light cruisers, the Trenton (CL-11) and Mobile (CL-63). Later in the 1940s he was officer in charge of a school for gunner's mate training in Anacostia, D.C., executive officer of the destroyer Moale (DD-693), and attended postgraduate school to learn about nuclear weapons. In the 1950s served on the staff of the Surface Antisubmarine Development Detachment of the Operational Development Force, commanded the destroyer Bache (DDE-470), was the nuclear weapons requirements officer on the OpNav staff, and a student in at the Naval War College. While on the staff of Commander Carrier Division Six, he served under two future CNOs, George Anderson and Thomas Moorer. Later he commanded Destroyer Division 601, Nuclear Weapons Training Center, Atlantic, and the destroyer tender Yellowstone (AD-27). He was planning officer on the Seventh Fleet staff when the Vietnam War began in earnest in the mid-1960s. Later in that decade he was executive assistant to CNOs David McDonald and Thomas Moorer, Commander Destroyer Squadron One and Commander Antisubmarine Warfare Group One. In the latter capacity he presided in 1969 over the international inquiry into the collision between the Australian carrier Melbourne and U.S. destroyer Frank E. Evans (DD-754). Following duty in OpNav, in the spring of 1970 he succeeded Vice Admiral Elmo Zumwalt as Commander Naval Forces Vietnam. He had a difficult, frustrating tour as the war was winding down. He concluded his career in Washington as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Surface Warfare) and as J-3 on the Joint Staff. He retired from active duty in 1974. The oral history contains a detailed description of his battle against lung cancer in the 1990s. King passed away in 2008.

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US NavyUSS Mobile (CL-63)USS Moale (DD-693)Surface Warfare Development Group (SWDG)
USS Bache (DD-470)CNO - OPNAV/Surface Warfare OPNAV N86Commander, Naval Surface Force, Atlantic (COMNAVSURFLANT)/DESRON 60USS Yellowstone (AD-27)
  1941-1943, USS Trenton (CL-11)
  1944-1946, USS Mobile (CL-63)
  1947-1948, USS Moale (DD-693)
  1950-1952, Surface Warfare Development Group (SWDG)
  1953-1954, USS Bache (DD-470)
  1955-1957, CNO - OPNAV/Surface Warfare OPNAV N86
  1958-1959, Carrier Division 6 (COMCARDIV 6)
  1959-1960, Commander, Naval Surface Force, Atlantic (COMNAVSURFLANT)/DESRON 60
  1963-1964, USS Yellowstone (AD-27)
  1964-1965, COMSEVENTHFLT
  1966-1968, CNO - OPNAV
  1968-1969, DESRON 1
  1969-1970, COMASWGRU 1
  1970-1972, COMNAVFORV
  1972-1974, CNO - OPNAV/Surface Warfare OPNAV N86
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Naval attack of Truk (Operation Hailstone)
  1942-1942 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1943-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Marshall Islands Operation
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Treasury-Bougainville Operation
  1943-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Cape Engano
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
 Colleges Attended 
Yale UniversityNaval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CANaval War College
  1937-1941, Yale University
  1949-1950, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
  1957-1958, Naval War College
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