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Rear Admiral Upper Half
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112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1967-1974, CNO - OPNAV
Service Years
1935 - 1974
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This Military Service Page was created/owned by Steven Loomis (SaigonShipyard), IC3 to remember MAURER, John (Jason / Navy Cross), RADM.

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Home Town
Washington DC
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Jun 14, 2009
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
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Navy Cross
Rear Admiral, USN (Ret)

Flagship of the Commander-in-Chief
 In the name of the President of the United States, The Commander-in-Chief
United States Pacific Fleet, takes pleasure in presenting the NAVY CROSS to:

 for service as net forth in the following CITATION:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to John H. Maurer, 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. ATULE (SS-403), on the FIRST War Patrol of that submarine during the period 9 October 1944 to 11 December 1944, in enemy controlled waters of the Luzon Strait of the Philippine Islands. With cool aggressiveness, sound judgment and skill, Commander Maurer launched well-planned attacks which resulted in sinking enemy ships totaling over 25,000 tons. Through his experience and sound judgment Commander Maurer 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.

Fleet Admiral, U.S. Navy
Other Comments:
RADM John Maurer (“Jason” to many friends), 97, passed away peacefully in Tavares, Florida, on June 14th, 2009.

Admiral Maurer was born in Washington, DC, to Robert A. and Roberta H. Maurer on April 28th, 1912. He attended school in Washington and entered the United States Naval Academy, graduating with the Class of 1935. His initial duty upon graduation was aboard the battleship USS Colorado, where he participated in the search for Amelia Earhart.

On December 11th, 1937, Admiral Maurer married the former Billie Byrd in Norfolk. He then attended Submarine School in Connecticut.

After Submarine School and during World War II, he served on USS Pickerel, USS Tarpon, and as Executive Officer of USS Harder. During his tour on Harder, Admiral Maurer was awarded a Silver Star for personal valor. Leaving Harder, Admiral Maurer assumed command of USS Atule, then being built at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Admiral Maurer commanded Atule for three years, including four war patrols, and was awarded the Navy Cross and a second Silver Star.

After the War, Admiral Maurer served on various submarine and nuclear weapons billets in Washington, New Mexico and Hawaii. He attended the National War College and served as a Submarine Division Commander, and later as a Submarine Squadron Commander. He commanded the USS Hassayampa (a fleet oiler) and the cruiser USS Saint Paul and was Chief of Staff for both the Pacific and (later) the Atlantic Submarine Forces. He was promoted to Rear Admiral in 1963.

As a Flag Officer, Admiral Maurer served as the Commander Middle East Force in Bahrain and as the Commander of Pacific Fleet Submarines in Pearl Harbor. After Hawaii, Admiral Maurer was the Chief of Staff for the Strike Command in Tampa. His final assignment was as Commander of Naval Forces in Key West. The Admiral retired in 1974 and made his home in the Florida Keys.

Admiral Maurer’s wife, Billie, passed away in 1992. The Admiral is survived by two sons (John, Jr., and Peter), his daughter (Anne), five grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Mass and burial with military honors was held at Arlington National Cemetery.
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Colorado (BB-45)Submarine School (diesel)USS Pickerel (SS-177)USS Tarpon (SS-175)
USS Harder (SS-257)USS Atule (SS-403)Office of Naval Research (ONR)Defense Atomic Support Agency (DASA)
COMNAVSUBFORUS NavyNaval Education and Training Command (NETC) (Staff)Naval War College (Staff)
COMSUBPAC, COMNAVSUBFORUSS Hassayampa (AO-145)USS Saint Paul (CA-73)Commander Submarine Force (COMSUBFOR), COMNAVSUBFOR
Pentagon Navy Command Center (NCC), CNO - OPNAVCNO - OPNAV
  1935-1938, USS Colorado (BB-45)
  1938-1939, Submarine School (diesel)
  1940-1941, USS Pickerel (SS-177)
  1941-1942, USS Tarpon (SS-175)
  1943-1944, USS Harder (SS-257)
  1944-1947, USS Atule (SS-403)
  1947-1948, Office of Naval Research (ONR)
  1948-1950, DASA Sandia
  1950-1951, COMNAVSUBFOR
  1951-1952, Submarine Division 11
  1952-1954, Division of Fleet Training, Navy Operations, Navy Department
  1954-1955, Naval War College (Staff)
  1958-1959, USS Hassayampa (AO-145)
  1959-1960, USS Saint Paul (CA-73)
  1960-1962, Commander Submarine Force (COMSUBFOR), COMNAVSUBFOR
  1962-1963, Pentagon Navy Command Center (NCC), CNO - OPNAV
  1963-1964, Center for Naval Warfare Studies, Naval War College (Staff)
  1964-1965, Commander Middle East Force Surface Action Group (MEFSAG)
  1965-1966, Commander Submarine Force (COMSUBFOR), COMNAVSUBFOR
  1967-1974, CNO - OPNAV
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)/By SS Sea Dragon from Corregidor PI
  1944-1944 USS PROMFRET (SS-391) 2nd War Patrol
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  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
  1931-1935, United States Naval Academy
  1954-1955, Naval War College
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Navy Cross, first draft of citation.
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