Sherman, Frederick Carl, ADM

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1946-1947, USS Vicksburg (CL-86)
Service Years
1910 - 1947

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by Michael D. Withers (Mike), OSCS to remember Sherman, Frederick Carl (NAVY CROSS 3X), ADM USN(Ret).

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Home Town
Port Huron
Last Address
San Diego

Date of Passing
Jul 27, 1957
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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Tombstone admirals

The Act of Congress of March 4, 1925 allowed officers in the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard to be promoted one grade upon retirement if they had been specially commended for performance of duty in actual combat. Combat citation promotions were colloquially known as "tombstone promotions" because they conferred the prestige of the higher rank but not the additional retirement pay, so their only practical benefit was to allow recipients to engrave a loftier title on their business cards and tombstones. The Act of Congress of February 23, 1942 enabled tombstone promotions to three- and four-star grades. Tombstone promotions were subsequently restricted to citations issued before January 1, 1947, and finally eliminated altogether effective November 1, 1959.

Any admiral who actually served in a grade while on active duty receives precedence on the retired list over any tombstone admiral holding the same retired grade. Tombstone admirals rank among each other according to the dates of their highest active duty grade. Admiral Sherman is ranked 10th of 40.

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)US NavyUSS West Virginia (BB-48)Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
11th Naval DistrictNaval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLUSS Saratoga (CV-3)Naval Base San Diego (NAVBASE San Diego)
NAS Coco Solo, PanamaNaval War College (Staff)USS Lexington (CV-2)CNO - OPNAV
  1906-1910, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1910-1911, USS Montana (ACR-13)
  1911-1912, USS Maryland (ACR-8)
  1912-1914, USS Ohio (BB-12)
  1914-1917, Submarines
  1917-1918, Submarines
  1918-1919, USS Minnesota (BB-22)
  1919-1921, Bureau of Engineering
  1921-1926, Numbered Submarine Divisions
  1926-1933, USS West Virginia (BB-48)
  1933-1934, Commander, Destroyer Division 10 (COMDESDIV 10), Commander Destroyers, Battle Force
  1934-1936, 11th Naval District
  1936-1937, 131X, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1937-1938, 131X, USS Saratoga (CV-3)
  1938-1939, 131X, Naval Base San Diego (NAVBASE San Diego)
  1939-1940, 131X, NAS Coco Solo, Panama
  1940-1941, 131X, Naval War College (Staff)
  1941-1942, 131X, USS Lexington (CV-2)
  1942-1942, 131X, CNO - OPNAV
  1942-1945, Carrier Strike Group 9
  1945-1945, USS Missouri (BB-63)
  1946-1947, COMFIFTHFLT
  1946-1947, USS Vicksburg (CL-86)
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