Lent, Willis (Pilly), RADM

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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Primary NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1945-1955, Standing Naval Forces Atlantic (STANAVFORLANT)
Service Years
1925 - 1955
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Home State
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Year of Birth
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This Military Service Page was created/owned by Bersley H. Thomas, Jr. (Tom), SMCS to remember Lent, Willis (Pilly) (Navy Cross x 2), RADM.

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Contact Info
Home Town
West Roxbury
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Aug 28, 1959
 
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
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 Official Badges 

Allied Command Atlantic US Navy Retired 30 NATO Standing Naval Forces Atlantic


 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Order of the Golden Dragon


 Military Association Memberships
United States Naval Academy Alumni AssociationSubmarine Veterans of WW IIMilitary Order of Foreign Wars of the United StatesMilitary Order of the World Wars (MOWW)
  1926, United States Naval Academy Alumni Association [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1945, Submarine Veterans of WW II
  1945, Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1945, Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) [Verified]


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Last Known Activity


In 1955, having been decorated with both two Navy Crosses and the Legion of Merit,  Lent retired and under the tombstone promotion law was made rear admiral. He later worked with the Electric Boat Division of the General Dynamics Corporation. 


                                   Arlington National Cemetery

                       WILLIS A. LENT, 55, A RETIRED ADMIRAL

NEW LONDON, Connecticut, August 28, 1959 – Rear Admiral Willis A. Lent, U.S.N., retired, died tonight at the Station Hospital at the Naval Submarine Base here.  His age was 55.  He lived in Mystic.

Admiral Lent was commanding officer of the Triton, a submarine that made the first torpedo attack against the Japanese in World War II.  His decorations included the Legion of Merit and two Navy Crosses.

He was graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1925 and was promoted to Rear Admiral upon his retirement in 1955.  Since then he had been with the Electric Boar Division of the General Dynamics Corporation.

Surviving are his widow, Eleanor, and two sons, John G., and Lieutenant Willis A. Lent, Jr., U.S.N.  A funeral will be held Tuesday morning at Arlington National Cemetery.


 

   
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(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Willis A. Lent, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. TRITON (SS-201), on the SECOND War Patrol of that submarine during the period 25 January 1942 to 17 March 1942, in enemy controlled waters of the East China Sea. Lieutenant Commander Willis A. Lent took his ship on an aggressive patrol against the enemy in hazardous waters. Despite Japanese air search he sank thousands of tons of Japanese shipping, also returning to base without damage to his submarine or personnel. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to his officers and men and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.



(Second Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Navy Cross to Willis A. Lent, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. GRENADIER (SS-210), on the SECOND and THIRD War Patrols of that submarine during the period 12 April 1942 to 10 June 1942, in enemy controlled waters of the Pacific War Area. Through his experience and sound judgment Lieutenant Commander Lent brought his ship safely back to port. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to his officers and men and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.



   
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 Duty Stations
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)US NavySubmarine Training Facility (SUBTRAFAC)/Submarine Training Facility (SUBTRAFAC) NorfolkUSS Triton (SS-201)
USS Grenadier (SS-210)USS Haddo (SS-255)COMNAVSUBFORUS Pacific Command (USCINCPAC/USPACOM)
COMSUBLANT/COMSUBRON 12COMSUBGRU 10/COMSUBRON 16USCINCLANTStanding Naval Forces Atlantic (STANAVFORLANT)
  1921-1925, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1925-1927, Naval Sea Units
  1927-1927, Submarine Training Facility (SUBTRAFAC)/Submarine Training Facility (SUBTRAFAC) Norfolk
  1927-1940, Submarines
  1940-1942, USS Triton (SS-201)
  1942-1943, USS Grenadier (SS-210)
  1943-1944, USS Haddo (SS-255)
  1943-1944, COMNAVSUBFOR
  1943-1944, US Pacific Command (USCINCPAC/USPACOM)
  1944-1944, COMSUBLANT/COMSUBRON 12
  1944-1945, COMSUBGRU 10/COMSUBRON 16
  1945-1945, USCINCLANT
  1945-1955, Standing Naval Forces Atlantic (STANAVFORLANT)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1939-1941 Neutrality Operations in the North Atlantic
  1941-1945 Submarine War Patrols
  1941-1945 Submarine War Patrols
  1941-1945 Submarine War Patrols
  1941-1945 Submarine War Patrols
  1941-1945 Submarine War Patrols
  1941-1945 Submarine War Patrols
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1921-1925, United States Naval Academy
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