Curts, Maurice Edwin, ADM

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Line Officer
Primary Unit
1958-1960, Commander, Western Sea Frontier
Service Years
1916 - 1960

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Home Town
Flint, MI
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Feb 15, 1976
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
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2 4735-B

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Admiral Maurice E. Curts graduated from United States Naval Academy in 1919. He studied the emerging technology of radio at the Naval Postgraduate School in Annapolis, Maryland and Harvard University between 1926 and 1928. These studies led to his assignment as Officer-in-Charge, Radio and Sound, Naval Research Laboratory from 1936 to 1938, where he earned a commendation from the Secretary of the Navy for his outstanding contributions in the development of radar.

At the outbreak of World War II, Admiral Curts was the Communications Officer for the staff of Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his successful and innovative organization of joint communications during the first months of the war.

Admiral Curts was awarded the Navy Cross and Silver Star Medal for extraordinary heroism while commanding the cruiser USS COLUMBIA during the Leyte Gulf landings, the Battle of Surigao Strait, the Lingayen Gulf landings and the liberation of Borneo. During the initial Lingayen Gulf landings, he continued to lead his cruiser in action despite severe damage inflicted by two suicide planes which had left 100 of his men dead or wounded.

As Chief of Staff and Aide to Commander, FIRST Carrier Task Force, Pacific Fleet, Admiral Curts was present at the formal surrender of the Japanese on board the battleship USS MISSOURI in Tokyo Bay on 02 September 1945.

Following the close of World War II, Admiral Curts served as Force Commander, Operational Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; Assistant Chief of Naval Operations (Readiness); and Deputy Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet, serving with great distinction until 13 January 1956. On that date, President Dwight D. Eisenhower appointed Admiral Curts Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet. Admiral Curts served in that capacity until 01 February 1958. One month later, he assumed duty as Commander, Western Sea Frontier, serving in that capacity until his retirement on 01 April 1960.
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Navy Cross
Awarded for Actions During World War II
Service: Navy
Division: U.S.S. Columbia (CL-56)
General Orders: Commander 7th Fleet: Serial 27-F (March 1945)
Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Rear Admiral [then Captain] Maurice Edwin Curts (NSN: 0-55964), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Light Cruiser U.S.S. COLUMBIA (CL-56), in action against enemy Japanese forces during the amphibious landings on Leyte and during the Battle for Leyte Gulf from 17 to 29 October 1944. Skillfully directing his ship in an assignment of vital importance, Rear Admiral Curts courageously maneuvered through enemy-infested waters during the approach on
Leyte Gulf and, continually providing alert and effective defense for our invasion forces against hostile air attacks, furnished close-in bombardment support for the actual landings. In the course of this action, his ship assisted in the sinking of at least one Japanese battleship, a cruiser and six destroyers, thereby contributing materially to the success of our operations in this area. By his courageous leadership and gallant devotion to duty, Rear Admiral Curts upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
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US NavyNAS PensacolaCNO - OPNAVNaval Postgraduate School (Faculty Staff)
USS Saratoga (CV-3)NAS AnacostiaCommander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)USS Columbia (CL-56)
Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO), CNO - OPNAVCommander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
  1918-1918, USS Nevada (BB-36)
  1919-1920, USS Chester (CL-1)
  1922-1922, USS Pruitt (DD-347)
  1922-1923, USS Lardner (DD-286)
  1924-1925, NAS Pensacola
  1925-1926, USS Goff (DD-247)
  1926-1926, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, CNO - OPNAV
  1926-1928, Naval Postgraduate School (Faculty Staff)
  1928-1931, USS Saratoga (CV-3)
  1932-1933, Bureau of Engineering
  1934-1936, Commander Cruisers Scouting Force
  1936-1938, Naval Research Laboratory, NAS Anacostia
  1938-1939, USS Case (DD-370)
  1939-1939, Commander, Battle Force, Pacific Fleet
  1939-1940, USS Pennsylvania (BB-38)
  1940-1942, Commander in Chief, United States Fleet (CINCUS)
  1944-1945, USS Columbia (CL-56)
  1951-1953, DCNO (Operations), Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO)
  1953-1955, Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Force, Pacific Fleet
  1955-1958, Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
  1958-1960, Commander, Western Sea Frontier
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1917-1918 World War I
  1941-1941 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Attack on Pearl Harbor
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle of Peleliu
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Surigao Strait
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1944-1944 Luzon Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Mindoro
  1945-1945 Luzon Campaign (1944-45)/Invasion of Lingayen Gulf
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Iwo Jima Operation
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Borneo Operations
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Surrender of Japan, End of WWII
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United States Naval AcademyUnited States Naval AcademyHarvard University
  1916-1919, United States Naval Academy
  1925-1927, United States Naval Academy
  1927-1928, Harvard University
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jun 07, 1919, Commissioned as Ensign
  Jun 07, 1922, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Jun 07, 1925, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Jun 30, 1935, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Sep 23, 1939, Promoted to Commander
  Jun 13, 1942, Promoted to Captain
  Nov 20, 1943, Promoted to Rear Admiral
  Jun 16, 1955, Promoted to Vice Admiral
  Apr 29, 1957, Promoted to Admiral
  Oct 08, 1983, USS Curts (FFG-38) commissioned1
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