Cousins, Ralph, ADM

 Service Photo   Service Details
209 kb
View Time Line
Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1972-1975, Commander in Chief, United States Fleet (CINCUS)
Service Years
1937 - 1975

 Last Photo   Personal Details 

138 kb

Home State
Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by Steven Loomis (SaigonShipyard), IC3 to remember Cousins, Ralph (Navy Cross / DSM), ADM.

If you knew or served with this Sailor and have additional information or photos to support this Page, please leave a message for the Page Administrator(s) HERE.
Contact Info
Home Town
Last Address
Birth: Jul. 24, 1915 in Eldorado,
Jackson County, Oklahoma
Death: Aug. 5, 2009
Riverside Regional Medical Center
Newport News, Virginia
Complications after a fall.

Date of Passing
Aug 05, 2009
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Allied Command Atlantic NATO Standing Naval Forces Atlantic

 Unofficial Badges 

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Navy Admiral Ralph Wynne Cousins led Naval Air Operation in Vietnam.   

   A HIGHLY DECORATED Navy aviator during World War II and commander of the attack carrier strike force during some of the heaviest fighting of the Vietnam War, retired Admiral Ralph W. Cousins died in Newport News, Va., in August at the age of 94. From 1967 to 1969, Cousins commanded the attack carrier strike force and led the Gulf of Tonkin naval operations that were carried out from aircraft carriers. In 1970 he was promoted to four-star admiral and became the Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO).

   A dive bomber pilot on the Lexington during the Battle of the Coral Sea Noun 1. battle of the Coral Sea in May 1942, Cousins led bombing attacks against the Japanese aircraft carrier Shoho and survived the sinking of his own ship. He was awarded the Navy Cross in WWII. His other military decorations included three awards of the Distinguished Service Medal, two awards of the Legion of Merit and two Air Medals.
Other Comments:
Not Specified
 Photo Album   (More...

 Ribbon Bar
Naval Astronaut Wings

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Lexington (CV-2)USS Midway (CVA-41)US Pacific Command (USCINCPAC/USPACOM)Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO), CNO - OPNAV
US Navy
  1941-1942, USS Lexington (CV-2)
  1960-1961, 131X, USS Midway (CVA-41)
  1966-1967, US Pacific Command (USCINCPAC/USPACOM)
  1970-1972, Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO), CNO - OPNAV
  1972-1975, Commander in Chief, United States Fleet (CINCUS)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of the Coral Sea
  1964-1973 Yankee Station, North Vietnam
  1965-1968 PIRAZ Station SAR, North Vietnam
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1933-1937, United States Naval Academy
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Nov 20, 2007, His wife, Mary Gordon Mcbride Cousins
  Aug 05, 2009, R. W. Cousins, USNAA Class of 1937
Copyright Inc 2003-2011