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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.
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.