OLD, Francis, VADM

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Last Rank
Vice Admiral
Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1954-1954, 9th Naval District
Service Years
1917 - 1954
Vice Admiral
Vice Admiral

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Home Town
Last Address
Born: 19 December 1897
Norfolk, Virginia
Died: 23 September 1963 (65)
Naval Hospital, Great Lakes, IL

Date of Passing
Sep 23, 1963
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 30

 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge

 Military Association Memberships
Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW)
  1945, Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW)

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity



Sixth Captain of the Indiana BB-58, 01 May 1945 to 05 December 1945

Francis Paxton Old was born in Norfolk, Virginia on 19 December 1897. He was the son of Jonathan W. and Claudia Paxton Old. He attended the Severn School, Severn Park, Maryland prior to his appointment to the U. S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland.

As a midshipman he had World War I service on the battleships USS Nebraska and USS Arizona operating with the Atlantic Fleet during the summers of 1917 and 1918.

Old graduated and was commissioned Ensign in June 1919 with the Class of 1920. He subsequently progressed in rank attaining that of Rear Admiral to date from 27 November 1946: Rear Admiral. On 1 February 1954 he was transferred to the Retired List of the U. S. Navy and was advanced to the rank of Vice Admiral on the basis of combat awards.

During 1954 and 1955 Francis P. Old served as executive director of the Illinois Toll Road Commission.

Other Comments:

In addition to several WWII theatre ribbons, Admiral Old holds:
The Distinguished Service Medal
Three Legion of Merit medals
The Distinguished Service Order of Britain
The French Croix de Guerre and the Légion d'honneur.   
--pub. Milwaukee Sentinel, 2 July 1951.


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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyUSS Arizona (BB-39)Naval Postgraduate School (Faculty Staff)Pearl Harbor Naval Ship Yard
USS West Virginia (BB-48)USS Chicago (CA-29)USS Prairie (AD-15)CNO - OPNAV
Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)Commander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)Naval War College (Staff)US Naval Group China (SACO)
US Defense Attache Office  (USDAO), Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)9th Naval District
  1917-1917, USS Nebraska (BB-14)
  1918-1918, USS Arizona (BB-39)
  1919-1919, USS Chester (CL-1)
  1920-1920, USS Swasey (DD-273)
  1921-1921, USS Mississippi (BB-23)
  1921-1922, USS Philip (DD-76)
  1922-1923, USS William Jones (DD-308)
  1923-1924, USS Reno (DD-303)
  1924-1925, USS Sirius (AK-15)
  1925-1927, Naval Postgraduate School (Faculty Staff)
  1927-1930, USS Cincinnati (CL-6)
  1930-1932, Pearl Harbor Naval Ship Yard
  1932-1933, USS Waters (DD-115)
  1933-1935, USS West Virginia (BB-48)
  1935-1937, 13th Naval District
  1937-1938, USS Tennessee (BB-43)
  1938-1941, USS Chicago (CA-29)
  1941-1942, Bureau of Navigation
  1942-1943, USS Prairie (AD-15)
  1943-1945, Commander Naval Forces, Northwest African Waters
  1945-1945, CNO - OPNAV
  1945-1945, USS Indiana (BB-58)
  1945-1946, General Board, Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)
  1946-1947, Commander, Mine and Minesweeping Division, Atlantic Fleet
  1947-1948, Naval Staff College, Naval War College (Staff)
  1948-1949, US Naval Group China (SACO)
  1949-1951, US Defense Attache Office (USDAO) Manila, Philippines
  1951-1954, 9th Naval District
  1954-1954, 9th Naval District
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Naples-Foggia Campaign (1943-44)/Operation Avalanche
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Anzio Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Southern France Campaign (1944)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyNaval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CAColumbia University
  1916-1919, United States Naval Academy
  1925-1927, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
  1926-1927, Columbia University
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Service assignments: Vice Admiral Francis P. Old
  VADM OLD, Service Awards1
  Oct 01, 1945, A verse... Memory of the UDD Indiana
  Feb 01, 1954, Allied Warship Commanded
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