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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Lower Half
Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1957-1958, 3rd Naval District
Service Years
1930 - 1958
Rear Admiral Lower Half
Rear Admiral Lower Half

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Contact Info
Home Town
St. Paul
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Dec 04, 1988
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
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 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
United States Naval Academy Alumni AssociationThe Army and Navy Union USA Naval Historical Foundation
  1940, United States Naval Academy Alumni Association [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1945, The Army and Navy Union USA [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1945, Naval Historical Foundation [Verified]

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

James Clair Shaw, 74, Admiral and Historian

James Clair Shaw, a retired rear admiral and naval historian, died Sunday, 4 December 1988, at his home in Bellows Falls, Vt. He was 74 years old and before a recent illness had been New England director of the Humane Society of the United States.

Admiral Shaw, who fought in 16 Pacific campaigns in World War II, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1936. He wrote a naval history in association with Samuel Eliot Morison, the Harvard historian, and was technical advisor for the 1954 film "The Caine Mutiny." He had been affiliated with the Humane Society since leaving the Navy 25 years ago.

He is survived by his wife, the former Elizabeth Riley Perkins; a sister, Elizabeth Robinson of Annapolis, Md.; three children, Pamela McWethy of Acworth, N.H., Elizabeth Worth of West Chester, Pa., S. Allan Shaw of Deep River, Conn.; and nine grandchildren.

Other Comments:
    1913 Born, June 21, St. Paul, Minnesota
    1936 Graduated, U.S. Naval Academy
    1936–1938 USS Northampton (CL-26)
    1938 USS Litchfield (DD-336)
    1938–1941 USS Stewart (DD 224)
    1941–1943 USS Atlanta (CL-17), Gunnery Officer
    1943–1945 USS Bunker Hill (CV-17), Gunnery Officer
    1945 U.S. Naval War College, Newport, RI, Student
    1946 Staff, Commander Fifth Fleet, Flag Secretary
    1946–1947 General Line School, Newport, RI, Instructor, Strategy and Tactics
    1947–1950 U.S. Naval Operations in World War II, Historian
    1950–1952 USS Waldron (DD 699), Commanding Officer, Nov 20 1950 - Feb 1952
    1952–1954 Current History Division, Office of Information, Navy Department, Director
    1954 Promoted to Captain
    1954–1955 Office of Information, Planning Division, Director
    1955–1957 The Hague, The Netherlands, and Brussels, Belgium,
        U.S. Naval Attaché and U.S. Naval Attaché for Air.
1957 appointed Knight Grand Cross in the Dutch Order of Orange-Nassau with Swords
    1957–1948 Commandant, Third Naval District, Staff member
    1958 February 1, Retired, U.S. Navy and promoted to Rear Admiral
    1988 Died, December 4, Bellows Falls, VT

An additional story. Jim Shaw is generally listed as entering the Navy in 1936, upon graduation from the US Naval Academy. However, there is more to his story.  He secured a congressional appointment at 15, a year prior to his graduation from high school, but only irked the gentleman in Washington who appointed him when it was discovered he had not as yet attained the age required for acceptance. Undaunted, he stepped into the Naval Reserve recruiting office, suprised his mother when he returned home that night fully clad in apprentice seaman uniform of the day. Two years in the Reserve, attending periodic drills, cruising on the Great Lakes. He was among the chosen few by SECNAV to attend the Academy starting in June 1932.


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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1930, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)
 Duty Stations
RTC Great Lakes, IL (Company Commander/Staff)NRC Chicago ILUS NavyUSS Bunker Hill (CV-17)
NAVSTA Newport, RISchool Assignments - StaffUSS Waldron (DD-699)CNO - OPNAV/Chief of US Navy Information (CHINFO)
CNO - OPNAV/Naval Attache/Asst Naval Attache
  1930-1930, RTC Great Lakes, IL (Company Commander/Staff)
  1930-1931, NRC Chicago IL
  1931-1932, NRC Chicago IL
  1932-1936, U.S. Naval Reserve Midshipmen's School, Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland
  1936-1938, USS Northampton (CL-26)
  1938-1938, USS Litchfield (DD-336)
  1938-1941, USS Stewart (DD-224)
  1941-1943, USS Atlanta (CL-51)
  1943-1945, USS Bunker Hill (CV-17)
  1946-1946, Major Commands
  1946-1947, NAVSTA Newport, RI
  1947-1950, Naval Operations Planners Course
  1950-1952, USS Waldron (DD-699)
  1952-1954, Chief of US Navy Information (CHINFO)/Navy Office of Information
  1954-1955, Chief of US Navy Information (CHINFO)/Navy Office of Information
  1955-1957, CNO - OPNAV/Naval Attache/Asst Naval Attache
  1957-1958, 3rd Naval District
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Naval attack of Truk (Operation Hailstone)
  1942-1942 World War II
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Battle of the Eastern Solomons
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Battle of the Eastern Solomons
  1942-1942 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Treasury-Bougainville Operation
  1943-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)
  1943-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Bismarck Archipelago Operation
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Saipan
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle for Ulithi Atoll
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)/Operation Reckless
  1944-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Iwo Jima Operation
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyNaval War College
  1932-1936, United States Naval Academy
  1945-1945, Naval War College
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Biographical Sketch of James Clair Shaw, Awards and Battles
  Director of the New England Regional Humane Society.
  Knight Commander of the Royal Nassau (the Netherlands)2
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