Gingrich, John Edward, ADM

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1953-1954, Director COMSEC Material System (DCMS - NCMS), CNO - OPNAV
Service Years
1919 - 1954

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Home Town
Dodge City, KS
Last Address
New York, NY

Date of Passing
May 26, 1960
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
2 4965-D-RH

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After his Navy service, John Gingrich worked as the Vice President of International Telephone and Telegraphic Corporation (IT&T).
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Navy Distinguished Dervice Medal
Awarded for Actions During Korean War
Service: Navy
General Orders: Commander Naval Forces
Far East: Serial 18638 (November 30, 1953)
Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Rear Admiral John Edward Gingrich (NSN: 0-20251), United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States, as COMUNBLOCK&ESCORTFOR engaged in operations against hostile North Korean and Chinese Communist Forces from 31 May 1952 to 12 February 1953. It was his responsibility to organize naval units from eleven different nations into one force capable of handling such complex and varied operations as coastal blockade, minesweeping, escort for logistic ships, shore bombardment, island defense and aerial support for United Nations ground forces. With consummate skill and a wise understanding of many problems involved, he coordinated the diverse naval units under his command into a highly effective force which completely denied the enemy the use of his sea lanes, virtually eliminated the threat of enemy mines for gun-fire ships involved in in-shore operations and inflicted wide-spread destruction on enemy supply and transportation facilities. Under Rear Admiral Gingrich's competent direction, the recently established ROK Navy was developed into an effective and efficient fighting organization. Ships of
Great Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Thailand and Colombia also operated successfully under his direction. In order to be fully informed in his activities he frequently visited the islands occupied by friendly forces, cruised in various vessels of his command and was under heavy enemy fire on numerous occasions. Through his distinguished service, he contributed immeasurably to the success of the United Nations' cause in Korea. His steadfast devotion to duty was at all times in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyUSS Maryland (BB-46)US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)USS Rochester (CA-2)
CNO - OPNAVUSS Indianapolis (CA-35)Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)
Atomic Energy CommissionCommander Training Command US Pacific Fleet (COMTRAPAC)Director COMSEC Material System (DCMS - NCMS), CNO - OPNAV
  1919-1921, USS Pennsylvania (BB-38)
  1921-1925, USS Maryland (BB-46)
  1925-1927, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1927-1930, USS Rochester (CA-2)
  1930-1932, CNO - OPNAV
  1932-1934, USS Algorma (AT-34)
  1934-1935, USS Indianapolis (CA-35)
  1937-1939, USS Idaho (BB-42)
  1939-1940, USS New Mexico (BB-40)
  1940-1944, Council Review Board (SECNAVCORB), Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)
  1944-1945, USS Pittsburgh (CA-72)
  1945-1947, Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)
  1947-1949, Atomic Energy Commission
  1951-1952, Commander Training Command US Pacific Fleet (COMTRAPAC)
  1952-1953, Commander Naval Forces Far East (COMNAVFE)
  1953-1954, Director COMSEC Material System (DCMS - NCMS), CNO - OPNAV
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1929-1929 US Occupation of Nicaragua
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Iwo Jima Operation
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
 Colleges Attended 
University of KansasUnited States Naval Academy
  1915-1915, University of Kansas
  1915-1919, United States Naval Academy
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  Jun 07, 1919, Commissioned as Ensign
  Jul 04, 1919, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Nov 01, 1939, Promoted to Captain
  Dec 03, 1943, Promoted to Rear Admiral
  Jul 30, 1953, Promoted to Vice Admiral
  Jan 01, 1954, Retired
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