Higgins, John Martin, RADM

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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1951-1952, Mine Force Pacific Fleet (MINEPAC)
Service Years
1922 - 1961
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Contact Info
Home Town
Madison, WI
Last Address
341 W Crescent Knoll
Libertyville, IL

Date of Passing
Dec 07, 1973
Location of Interment
United States Naval Academy Cemetery - Annapolis, Maryland
Wall/Plot Coordinates
1 155

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Navy Cross
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Commander John Martin Higgins (NSN: 0-57597), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commander, Destroyer Division 23, engaged in the New Georgia Islands Operations against enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands Area from June 30 to July 13, 1943. Despite repeated attacks by hostile aircraft, submarines, and shore batteries, Commander Higgins handled his ships with such distinguished ability that the transport unloaded and retired without damage. Participating in the Second Battle of Kula Gulf, on the night of 12–July 13, Commander Higgins displayed aggressive and brilliant leadership, contributing materially to the complete destruction of four and probably six enemy vessels. Commander Higgins' conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.

Navy Distinguished Service Medal
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Rear Admiral John Martin Higgins (NSN: 0-57597), United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States, as Commander Cruiser Division FIVE, and commander Southern and Eastern Support Groups in operations against enemy aggressor forces in the Korean Area from June 25 to December 27, 1950. At the commencement of hostilities, Rear Admiral Higgins, as the only subordinate Flag Officer Afloat in this area, was solely responsible for effecting Naval coordination with friendly ground forces and, during the difficult early days of the conflict, continued to perform this vital function. In conjunction with personnel of the Korean Military Advisory Group, he initiated an extremely effective shore-controlled gunfire system which disrupted North Korean communications and operations of military personnel along the East Korean coast by destroying bridges, railroads and troop concentrations and caused almost total interdiction of movement along the coastal route. Rear Admiral Higgins also directed the sustained bombardment of strong enemy shore installations at Inch'on, Korea, which was completely effective and contributed a large measure of success to this difficult operation. His leadership, professional ability and devotion to duty throughout reflect great credit upon the United States Naval Service.
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Mississippi (BB-41)US NavyUSS Raleigh (CL-7)NAVSTA Great Lakes, IL
USS Argonne (AS-10))Navy Recruiting District Chicago (NRD Chicago), Commander Naval Recruiting Command (CNRC)USS Wisconsin (BB-64)Mine Force Pacific Fleet (MINEPAC)
  1922-1923, USS Mississippi (BB-41)
  1924-1926, USS Marblehead (CL-12)
  1925-1926, USS Nokomis (PY-6)
  1927-1929, USS Raleigh (CL-7)
  1929-1931, NAVSTA Great Lakes, IL
  1931-1932, USS Philip (DD-76)
  1932-1933, USS Medusa (AR-1)
  1933-1933, USS Melville (AD-2)
  1933-1934, USS Argonne (AS-10))
  1934-1937, Navy Recruiting District Chicago (NRD Chicago), Commander Naval Recruiting Command (CNRC)
  1937-1939, USS Pennsylvania (BB-38)
  1939-1940, 12th Naval District
  1941-1942, USS Gwin (DD-433)
  1945-1947, 4th Naval District
  1947-1948, USS Wisconsin (BB-64)
  1950-1951, Commander Cruisers Scouting Force
  1951-1952, Mine Force Pacific Fleet (MINEPAC)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
  1943-1943 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Kula Gulf
  1943-1943 New Georgia Campaign (1943)/Battle of Kolombangara
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)/Inchon Landing/Operation Chromite
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1918-1922, United States Naval Academy
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jun 03, 1922, Commissioned as Ensign
  Jul 02, 1928, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Aug 01, 1937, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Jan 01, 1942, Promoted to Commander
  Jun 21, 1942, Promoted to Captain
  Apr 06, 1945, Promoted to Commodore
  Mar 11, 1947, Higgins bio, from the USS Wisconsin1
  Feb 01, 1950, Promoted to Rear Admiral
  Mar 24, 2019, General Photos
 Military Association Memberships
United States Navy Memorial
  2019, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
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