Wellings, Joseph Harold, RADM

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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1962-1963, 1st Naval District
Service Years
1925 - 1963
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Home Town
Boston, MA
Last Address
Newport, RI

Date of Passing
Mar 28, 1988
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
30 2029 RH

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Last Known Activity
Not Specified
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Navy Cross
Awarded for Actions During World War II
Service: Navy
Rank: Commander
Division: U.S.S. Strong (DD-467)
General Orders: Commander South Pacific: Serial 00791 (
May 16, 1943)
Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Commander Joseph Harold Wellings (NSN: 0-59555), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in actual conflict with the enemy and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Destroyer U.S.S. STRONG (DD-467), while screening a cruiser Task Force in the vicinity of San Cristobal Island, Solomon Islands, on the night of 7 April 1943. The STRONG made contact during darkness on a possible enemy vessel on the surface in a position to attack the cruiser force with the STRONG was screening as well as numerous other vessels loaded with troops and supplies which were in the immediate vicinity. Commander Wellings made a skillful and apparently undetected approach in complete darkness to within less than one thousand yards of a large Japanese submarine on the surface. By a well-coordinated attack with guns and depth charges he then sank the submarine without injury to his ship or crew. His efficient leadership and skillful and aggressive action were in accord with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyUSS Holland (AS-3)NROTC (Staff)Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
CNO - OPNAVNaval Attache/Asst Naval Attache, CNO - OPNAVBureau of Medicine (BUMED)DESRON 2, Cruiser Destroyer Group  8
Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)Naval War College (Staff)USS Columbus (CA-74)Department of Defense (DOD)
NAVSTA Newport, RIPacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF)Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)
  1925-1926, USS Utah (BB-31)
  1926-1929, USS Florida (BB-30)
  1929-1930, USS King (DD-242)
  1930-1931, USS Holland (AS-3)
  1931-1933, USS Tillman (DD-135)
  1933-1935, Harvard University NROTC (Cadre)
  1935-1936, Commander, Battleships, Battle Force
  1936-1937, Commander, Battle Force, Pacific Fleet
  1937-1938, USS California (BB-44)
  1938-1940, CNO - OPNAV
  1940-1941, Naval Attache Office (NAO) London, Naval Attache/Asst Naval Attache
  1941-1942, CNO - OPNAV
  1942-1943, USS Strong (DD-467)
  1943-1944, Naval Hospital (NAVHOSP)/Navy Regional Medical Center (NRMC)/Naval Medical Center (NAVMEDCEN)/Naval
  1944-1944, COMDESDIV 102, Commander Destroyers, Battle Force
  1944-1945, DESRON 2, Cruiser Destroyer Group 8
  1945-1946, Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)
  1947-1948, Naval War College (Staff)
  1948-1950, Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
  1950-1951, USS Columbus (CA-74)
  1951-1953, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense
  1953-1955, NAVSTA Newport, RI
  1955-1957, Joint Task Force -7 Eniwetok, Marshall Islands, Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF)
  1957-1958, CNO - OPNAV
  1958-1962, Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)
  1962-1963, 1st Naval District
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Algeria-French Morocco Campaign (1942)
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)
  1943-1943 New Georgia Campaign (1943)/Battle of Kolombangara
  1945-1945 Luzon Campaign (1944-45)/Invasion of Lingayen Gulf
  1950-1950 Deployment - Mediterranean (MED) Cruise '50
  1956-1956 Operation Redwing (Bikini Atoll)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyNaval War College
  1921-1925, United States Naval Academy
  1946-1947, Naval War College
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jun 04, 1925, Commissioned Ensign
  Aug 01, 1939, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Aug 01, 1942, Promoted to Commander
  Jul 05, 1943, USS Strong sunk by torpedo
  Jul 20, 1943, Promoted to Captain
  May 01, 1953, Promoted to Rear Admiral
  Jan 01, 1963, Retired
  Mar 23, 2020, General Photos2
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