Deyo, Morton Lindholm, VADM

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Last Rank
Vice Admiral
Primary Unit
1947-1949, NAVSTA Boston, WA
Service Years
1911 - 1949
Vice Admiral
Vice Admiral

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Home Town
Poughkeepsie, NY
Last Address
Portsmouth, NH

Date of Passing
Nov 10, 1973
Location of Interment
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Name of Award
Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Year Awarded
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Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Rear Admiral Morton Lyndholm Deyo (NSN: 0-7760), United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States, as Commander of the Gunfire and Covering Force during the amphibious assault against Japanese-held Okinawa Gunto and the subsequent conquest of this strategic enemy island, from 24 March to 4 May 1945. The Force under Rear Admiral Deyo's command delivered effective bombardment to cover the successful amphibious landing executed by our troops and subsequently, provided gunfire support of the land campaign, at the same time fighting fiercely against repeated attacks by aircraft and suicide surface craft. Although his flagship was hit by an enemy suicide plane during one action, Rear Admiral Deyo synchronized the units of his force to destroy enemy gun emplacements and strongpoints, disperse troop concentrations, harass hostile counterattacks and support attacks by our troops. Continuing these operations without interruption, the Gunfire and Covering Force under his direction destroyed a number of Japanese planes and frustrated all attempts launched by the enemy to attack our transports with suicide boats. By his courage, leadership, judgment and unwavering devotion to duty, Rear Admiral Deyo contributed to the success of this major operation and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
General Orders: Commander, Amphibious Forces Pacific: Serial 1570 (September 7, 1945)
Action Date: March 24 - May 4, 1945
Service: Navy
Rank: Rear Admiral
Company: Commander
Division: Naval Gunfire and Covering Force
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 Duty Stations
US NavySupervisor of Shipbuilding Conversion and Repair (SUPSHIP) Bath, MESecretary of the Navy (SECNAV)Naval War College (Staff)
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)Commander, Destroyer Squadron 11 (COMDESRON 11), Commander Destroyers, Battle ForceUSS Indianapolis (CA-35)Commander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)
USS Ranger (CV-4)Commander in Chief US Naval Forces Europe (CINCUSNAVEUR)/Commander US Naval Forces Europe (COMUSNAVEUSS Tuscaloosa (CA-37)CTF 54
  1911-1913, USS Virginia (BB-13)
  1913-1914, USS Duncan (DD-46)
  1914-1915, USS Washington (ACR-11)
  1915-1916, USS Jenkins (DD-42)
  1916-1917, Supervisor of Shipbuilding Conversion and Repair (SUPSHIP) Bath, ME
  1917-1918, USS Allen (DD-66)
  1918-1918, 1st Naval District
  1918-1919, USS Northern Pacific
  1919-1919, USS Pretoria
  1919-1920, USS Morris (DD-271)
  1920-1921, 1st Naval District
  1921-1923, Military Governor, Dominican Republic, Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)
  1923-1923, USS Detroit (CL-8)
  1923-1925, Commander Battle Fleet
  1923-1925, USS California (BB-44)
  1924-1924, Naval War College (Staff)
  1925-1926, Commander in Chief, United States Fleet (CINCUS)
  1925-1926, USS Seattle (CA-11)
  1926-1929, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1929-1930, USS Sloat (DD-316)
  1930-1931, USS Upshur (DD-144)
  1931-1932, Naval War College (Staff)
  1934-1936, USS Milwaukee (CL-5)
  1936-1939, Commander In Chief Asiatic Fleet
  1936-1939, USS Augusta (CA-31)
  1939-1940, Naval Hydrographic Office
  1940-1941, Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)
  1941-1942, Commander, Destroyer Squadron 11 (COMDESRON 11), Commander Destroyers, Battle Force
  1942-1942, USS Sampson (DD-394)
  1942-1942, USS Monticello (AP-61)
  1942-1942, USS Indianapolis (CA-35)
  1942-1944, Commander, Destroyers, Atlantic Fleet, Commander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)
  1942-1944, USS Denebola (AD-12)
  1944-1944, USS Ranger (CV-4)
  1944-1944, CTF 129
  1944-1944, Commander, Task Group 125.8 (CTG 125.8), Commander, Task Force 125 (CTF 125)
  1944-1944, USS Tuscaloosa (CA-37)
  1944-1945, Cruiser Division 13
  1944-1945, USS Santa Fe (CL-60)
  1945-1945, CTF 54
  1945-1945, USS Tennessee (BB-43)
  1945-1945, CTF 56
  1945-1945, USS Birmingham (CL-62)
  1945-1945, USS Santa Fe (CL-60)
  1946-1949, 1st Naval District
  1947-1949, NAVSTA Boston, WA
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1917-1918 World War I/Atlantic Convoy
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Convoy Duty/ West Bound Atlantic Transit
  1944-1944 Normandy Campaign (1944)/Operation Overlord1
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Southern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Iwo Jima Operation
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Surrender of Japan, End of WWII
 Colleges Attended 
Yale UniversityUnited States Naval AcademyNaval War College
  1906-1907, Yale University
  1907-1911, United States Naval Academy2
  1931-1932, Naval War College
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Buried at the US Naval Academy Cemetery2
  Nov 15, 1916, Married - Maria Ten Eyck Decatur Mayo
  Jan 01, 1949, Retired
  Mar 22, 1980, NAMESAKE - USS Deyo (DD-989)3
  Aug 03, 2015, General Photos1
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