RILEY, Herbert, VADM

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Last Rank
Vice Admiral
Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1962-1964, Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)
Service Years
1927 - 1964
Vice Admiral
Vice Admiral

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Home Town
Last Address
US Naval Academy Cemetery
Riley, Herbert Douglas
Vice Admiral, U.S.N.
Dec. 24, 1904 to Jan. 17, 1973
Section 7, Lot No.: 1631
Ninth generation Marylander.

Date of Passing
Jan 17, 1973
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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US Navy Retired 30

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US Navy Honorable Discharge

 Military Association Memberships
United States Naval Academy Alumni Association
  1950, United States Naval Academy Alumni Association [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Riley, Herbert D. (1904-1973)
Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired)

Vice Admiral Herbert D. Riley was at The Battle of Guadacanal WWII, Okinawa. He commanded the USS Coral Sea from 1952-1953

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Once he graduated from the Naval Academy in 1927, Riley served in the battleship New Mexico (BB-40) and had to be persistent to get into flight training. Aviation assignments in the 1930s included service in Scouting Squadron Six (VS-6) with the cruiser Cincinnati (CL-6), Scouting Squadron Five (VS-5) with the cruiser Richmond (CL-9), Patrol Squadron One, Patrol Squadron Ten, Fighting Squadron Three (VF-3) in the Ranger (CV-4), the aviation unit of the heavy cruiser Portland (CA-33), and Anacostia Naval Air Station. In the billet at Anacostia he was a pilot for VIPs and married the daughter of Rear Admiral John Towers, Chief of the Bureau of Aeronautics. In 1940-41 Riley served on the staff of Commander Carrier Division One and on the staff of Commander Patrol Wings. He had temporary duty in 1942 on Guadalcanal and in 1943-44 served in the Bureau of Aeronautics. In 1944-45 he commanded the escort carrier Makassar Strait (CVE-91) and at war’s end in 1945 was operations officer on the staff of the prospective Commander First Carrier Task Force, Vice Admiral Frederick Sherman. In 1946 Riley was on the staff of Joint Task Force One, during Operation Crossroads. Shore duty in the late 1940s included service in the Strategic Plans Section of OpNav, as an assistant to two Secretaries of Defense, James Forrestal and Louis Johnson, and as a student at the National War College. In the early 1950s he was assistant chief of staff for plans on the staff of CinCLant-CinCLantFlt-SACLant, commanded the aircraft carrier Coral Sea (CVA-43), and was chief of staff to Commander Carrier Division Two, Rear Admiral Hugh H. Goodwin. After duty in the International Affairs Division of OpNav, Riley served as Commander Carrier Division One and from February 1958 to May 1961 was Chief of Staff of the Pacific Command serving Admiral Felix B. Stump and Admiral Harry D. Felt. Riley’s service in the early 1960s was as Deputy CNO (Operations and Readiness), OP-03, and as Director of the Joint Staff.



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US NavyUSS Ranger (CV-4)USS Portland (CA-33)NAS Anacostia
Commander Carrier Air Wing 1 (CVW-1), COMNAVAIRLANTUSS Makassar Strait (CVE-91)Commander, Carrier Strike Group 1Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)
CNO - OPNAVOffice of the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF)National War CollegeUSCINCLANT
Commander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)USS Coral Sea (CVA-43)Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVAIRPAC)US Pacific Command (USCINCPAC/USPACOM)
  1927-1931, USS New Mexico (BB-40)
  1932-1934, USS Cincinnati (CL-6)
  1934-1935, USS Richmond (CL-9)
  1935-1937, USS Ranger (CV-4)
  1937-1938, USS Portland (CA-33)
  1938-1940, NAS Anacostia
  1940-1941, Commander Carrier Air Wing 1 (CVW-1), COMNAVAIRLANT
  1942-1942, USS Guadalcanal (CVE-60)
  1943-1944, Bureau of Aeronautics
  1944-1945, USS Makassar Strait (CVE-91)
  1945-1946, Commander, Carrier Strike Group 1
  1946-1947, Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)
  1947-1948, CNO - OPNAV
  1948-1949, Office of the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF)
  1950-1950, National War College
  1950-1951, USCINCLANT
  1951-1952, CINCLANTFLT SOY, Commander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)
  1952-1953, USS Coral Sea (CVA-43)
  1954-1956, Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVAIRPAC)
  1956-1957, CNO - OPNAV
  1958-1961, US Pacific Command (USCINCPAC/USPACOM)
  1961-1962, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, CNO - OPNAV
  1962-1964, Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings
  1942-1942 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)
  1944-1944 Asiatic-Pacific Specified Raids (1944)/Formosa Air Battle
  1946-1946 Operation Crossroads (Bikini Atoll)
  1960-1961 Vietnam War
  1962-1962 Cold War Event - Cuban Blockade
  1962-1962 Cold War Event - Cuban Blockade
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyNational War College
  1924-1927, United States Naval Academy
  1950-1950, National War College
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jan 17, 1973, Burial site, USNA
  Jan 17, 1973, Vice Admiral Riley Commands and Duty Stations1
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