Murray, Stuart Shadrick, VADM

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Last Rank
Vice Admiral
Last Primary NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1954-1956, 112X, Office of the Naval Inspector General (Naval IG)
Service Years
1919 - 1956
Vice Admiral
Vice Admiral

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Home Town
Delia, Texas
Last Address
Washington, DC

Date of Passing
Sep 19, 1980
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
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US Navy Retired 30

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Last Known Activity

US Navy Admiral. Born in Delia, Texas, he entered the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland in 1915 and graduated in June 1919. He was involved in the construction of the submarine base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in the early 1920s. Later in the 1920s, he served in the battleships USS Arkansas and New York, and was an instructor at the Naval Academy. Afterwards, he commanded the submarines R-17, L-8, R-13, and S-9. In the 1930s he commanded the submarine S-44, served at the Portsmouth Navy Yard, and commanded the new submarine Porpoise, was damage control officer in the heavy cruiser USS Portland, and was a submarine detailer in the Bureau of Navigation at Washington DC. In October 1941 he served as Commander Submarine Division 15 in Manila, Philippines, which was the home of the Asiatic Fleet. After the Japanese attacked the Philippines in December 1941 he relocated into the tunnels of Corregidor with the top staff of Command Submarine Asia. As the defeat became evident, he was ordered to retreat and on January 1, 1942 he boarded the submarine USS Swordfish to Surabaya, Indonesia and from there he was ordered to Fremantle, Australia. In 1943 he became chief of staff to Charles Lockwood, Commander Submarine Force Pacific Fleet. In 1944 he returned to the US and became the Commandant of the US Naval Academy. In the spring of 1945 he took command of the battleship USS Missouri, the flagship of Admiral William Halsey, Commander Third Fleet and after participating in the bombardments against Honshu, Hokkaido, and Okinawa, he was responsible for preparing the ship to accept the Japanese surrender of World War II on September 2, 1945. In November 1945 he was promoted to the rank of rear admiral and became the Commander Seventh Fleet for duty with the survey for forming the U.S. Advisory Group to China. From 1948 to 1948 he was assigned to the Pearl Harbor Naval Base, from 1949 to 1950 he served as Commander Amphibious Training Command Atlantic Fleet, from 1950 to 1952, Commander Submarine Force Atlantic Fleet, from 1952 to 1954 he was Commandant of the 14th Naval District in Hawaii, and from 1954 to 1956 he became the Naval Inspector General at Washington DC at the rank of vice admiral. He retired from active duty in 1956 with 37 years of continuous military service. After his retirement, he worked as a consultant for the Rand Corporation. In 1974 he published his book, "The Reminiscences of Admiral Stuart S. Murray." He died at the age of 82.

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)USS R-13 (SS-90)NAVSUBASE New London/GrotonUS Navy
NAVSUBASE Pearl HarborUSS S-44 (SS-155)NAVSUBASE Pearl HarborPortsmouth Navy Yard
USS Arkansas (BB-33)USS Porpoise (SS-172)USS Portland (CA-33)COMSUBRON 2, COMSUBGRU 2
USS Missouri (BB-63)COMSEVENTHFLTCommander Naval Base, Pearl Harbor, HICommander Amphibious Training Atlantic (COMPHIBTRA LANT)
COMSUBLANT, COMNAVSUBFOROffice of the Naval Inspector General (Naval IG)
  1915-1919, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1919-1922, USS R-13 (SS-90)
  1919-1922, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1922-1922, USS S-9 (SS-114)
  1922-1925, 112X, USS R-17 (SS-94)
  1922-1925, 112X, NAVSUBASE Pearl Harbor
  1925-1925, USS S-44 (SS-155)
  1925-1926, 112X, NAVSUBASE Pearl Harbor
  1930-1932, Portsmouth Navy Yard
  1932-1934, USS Arkansas (BB-33)
  1934-1935, USS New York (BB-34)
  1935-1937, 112X, USS Porpoise (SS-172)
  1937-1938, USS Portland (CA-33)
  1938-1940, Bureau of Navigation
  1941-1942, 112X, Submarine Division 15
  1942-1943, 112X, COMSUBRON 2, COMSUBGRU 2
  1943-1945, 112X, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1945-1945, USS Missouri (BB-63)
  1945-1948, COMSEVENTHFLT
  1948-1949, Commander Naval Base, Pearl Harbor, HI
  1949-1950, Commander Amphibious Training Atlantic (COMPHIBTRA LANT)
  1952-1954, 14th Naval District/COMNAVBASE Pearl Harbor
  1954-1956, 112X, Office of the Naval Inspector General (Naval IG)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1915-1919, United States Naval Academy
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