Gatch, Thomas Leigh, VADM

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Last Rank
Vice Admiral
Last Service Branch
Judge Advocate
Primary Unit
1945-1947, Commander, Service Forces, Atlantic Fleet (COMSERVLANT)
Service Years
1912 - 1947
Judge Advocate
Vice Admiral

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Home State
Oregon
Oregon
Year of Birth
1891
 
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Home Town
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Last Address
San Diego, CA

Date of Passing
Dec 18, 1954
 
Location of Interment
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 Military Association Memberships
American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE)
  1916, American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) [Verified]


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Last Known Activity
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Other Comments:
 
When a visitor to his home asked him why he didn't duck and save himself, Captain Gatch said " The Captain of a United States Battleship  considered it beneath his dignity to flop for a damned Japanese bomb"

Vice Admiral Gatch was the Commanding Officer of the USS South Dakota (BB-57) during the Battle of Santa Cruz
   
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 Duty Stations/ Advancement Schools
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)US NavyMare Island Naval ShipyardNaval Legal Service Units (JAG)
USS South Dakota (BB-57)Bureau of Medicine (BUMED)
  1908-1912, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1912-1914, USS Maryland (ACR-8)
  1914-1916, USS Princeton (PG-13)
  1916-1917, USS Chattanooga (CL-18)
  1917-1917, Mare Island Naval Shipyard
  1917-1918, USS Shaw (DD-68)
  1919-1919, USS Sterett (DD-27)
  1919-1922, Office of Judge Advocate General (OJAG)
  1922-1923, Commander Battle Ship Divisions Battle Fleet
  1923-1926, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1927-1928, USS Percival (DD-298)
  1935-1938, Office of Judge Advocate General (OJAG)
  1940-1942, Office of Judge Advocate General (OJAG)
  1942-1943, USS South Dakota (BB-57)
  1943-1943, Naval Hospital (NAVHOSP)/Navy Regional Medical Center (NRMC)/Naval Medical Center (NAVMEDCEN)/Naval
  1943-1945, Office of Judge Advocate General (OJAG)
  1945-1947, Commander, Service Forces, Atlantic Fleet (COMSERVLANT)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1914-1914 US Occupation of Veracruz
  1917-1918 World War I
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands3
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Cape Esperance (Second Savo)
 Colleges Attended 
Oregon State UniversityUnited States Naval AcademyGeorge Washington University
  1907-1908, Oregon State University
  1908-1912, United States Naval Academy
  1920-1921, George Washington University
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