Conolly, Richard Lansing, ADM

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1950-1953, Naval War College (Staff)
Service Years
1914 - 1953

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Contact Info
Home Town
Waukegan, IL
Last Address
Jamaica Bay, NY

Date of Passing
Mar 01, 1962
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
3 2503 I L

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WWII Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial
  2020, WWII Memorial National Registry
  2020, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Was killed in the crash of American Airlines Flight 1 on March 1, 1962 at Idlewild Airport, Queens, New York
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Navy Cross
Awarded for Actions During World War I
Service: Navy
Division: U.S.S. Westbridge
Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Richard Lansing Conolly, United States Navy, for distinguished service in the line of his profession from 15 - 20 August 1918, on the occasion of the torpedoing of the U.S.S. WESTBRIDGE, when Lieutenant Connolly, with a party of eight others remained on board for five days steering by hand and handling the lines from the tugs, while the ship was towed four hundred miles to port.


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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyUSS Mississippi (BB-41)US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)Naval War College (Staff)
Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)DESRON 6, CNSG-2CNO - OPNAVCOMFIFTHFLT
Commander in Chief US Naval Forces Europe (CINCUSNAVEUR)/Commander US Naval Forces Europe (COMUSNAVE
  1914-1915, USS Virginia (BB-13)
  1915-1915, USS Montana (ACR-13)
  1915-1916, USS Virginia (BB-13)
  1916-1916, USS Vermont (BB-20)
  1916-1918, USS Smith (DD-17)
  1922-1924, USS Mississippi (BB-41)
  1924-1925, USS New York (BB-34)
  1925-1927, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1927-1928, USS Concord (CL-10)
  1930-1930, USS Du Pont (DD-152)
  1930-1933, Naval War College (Staff)
  1933-1935, Commander Cruisers Scouting Force
  1935-1936, USS Tennessee (BB-43)
  1936-1939, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1939-1941, COMDESDIV 7, Commander Destroyers, Battle Force
  1941-1942, DESRON 6, CNSG-2
  1942-1943, CNO - OPNAV
  1943-1946, Commander, Group Three, Fifth Amphibious Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet
  1946-1947, Commander, Twelfth Fleet
  1946-1947, Commander in Chief US Naval Forces Europe (CINCUSNAVEUR)/Commander US Naval Forces Europe (COMUSNAVE
  1947-1950, Commander Naval Forces Eastern Atlantic /Mediterranean (CINCNELM/COMNELM)
  1950-1953, Naval War College (Staff)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1914-1914 US Occupation of Veracruz
  1917-1918 World War I
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Bombardment - Marshall and Gilbert Islands
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Air Strikes on Marcus and Wake Islands
  1942-1942 Pacific Air Offensive (1942-45)/Doolittle B-25 Attack on Tokyo
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Sicily Campaign (1943)
  1943-1943 Naples-Foggia Campaign (1943-44)/Operation Avalanche1
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Kwajalein Atoll (Operation Flintlock)1
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Guam
  1945-1945 Luzon Campaign (1944-45)/Invasion of Lingayen Gulf
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyNaval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CAColumbia University
  1910-1914, United States Naval Academy
  1920-1921, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
  1921-1922, Columbia University
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  President of Long Island University4
  Jun 06, 1917, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Aug 31, 1917, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Jan 22, 1925, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  May 01, 1935, Promoted to Commander
  Sep 01, 1940, Promoted to Captain
  Jul 11, 1942, Promoted to Rear Admiral
  Sep 23, 1946, Promoted to Admiral
  Jan 01, 1953, Retired
  Mar 01, 1962, American Airlines Flight 1 crash in Jamaica Bay, New York4
  Mar 06, 1962, Buried in Arlington National Cemetery2
  Mar 09, 1962, Obituary in TIME magazine
  Mar 09, 1962, TIME magazine article on the crash of AA flight 1
  Oct 14, 1978, NAMESAKE - USS CONOLLY (DD-979)2
  Jun 28, 2020, General Photos1
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