Freeman, James Sheperd, RADM

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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1942-1942, USS Alchiba (AK-23)
Service Years
1921 - 1951
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Order of the Shellback
Order of the Golden Dragon
Panama Canal
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Last Address
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Date of Passing
Aug 07, 1962
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
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 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 30

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Order of the Golden Dragon

 Military Association Memberships
Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United StatesMilitary Order of the World Wars (MOWW)
  1941, Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States - Assoc. Page
  1945, Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW)

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

                                      Navy Cross

  Rear Admiral, United States Navy - Retired 
World War II
Period of Service: 30 years, June 1921-June 1951
Born: 30 April 1900 in Jasper, Alabama
Died in Marion, Alabama on 7 August 1962

A graduate of Marion Military Institute and the United States Naval Academy, Class of 1921, Admiral Freeman served with distinction in the U.S. Navy.

During World War II he was Commander of the USS ALCHIBA and assigned to carry supplies to Guadalcanal for the U.S. Marines landing and holding that strategic stronghold. Three trips later, and while nearing an unloading point to deliver much needed ammunition and gasoline, a Japanese submarine torpedoed his ship. Captain (Commander) Freeman, knowing the dire need of ammunition ashore, beached his ship in spite of many explosions and fires on board. After nine days of fighting fires, unloading cargo, and being attacked by enemy aircraft, the ship was once again afloat. Almost immediately two more Japanese torpedoes crashed into the engine room. The keel broke in two places and water rushed in through the two huge holes, 39 and 47 feet across. The USS ALCHIBA’s main engines were knocked out and the Navy declared her lost. Yet again, with the inspired leadership of Captain Freeman, the crew went back to work and within a month the ship moved off under her own power.

With only further minor repairs at an advance base, she made the 5800 mile voyage home for repairs safely and unassisted. 

For extraordinary heroism and conspicuous devotion to duty Admiral Freeman was awarded the Navy Cross.

After his retirement from the Navy he served on the Staff of Marion Military Institute until his death.

JS Freeman Portrait

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US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)NAVSTA Pearl Harbor, HIUS Navy
  1917-1921, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1938-1941, NAVSTA Pearl Harbor, HI
  1942-1942, USS Alchiba (AK-23)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyMarion Military Institute, Marion, Alabama
  1917-1921, United States Naval Academy
  1917-1918, Marion Military Institute, Marion, Alabama
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