Bell, David, RADM

Deceased
 
 Service Photo   Service Details
21 kb
View Time Line
Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Primary NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1970-1970, Naval War College (Faculty Staff)
Service Years
1937 - 1970
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Rear Admiral Upper Half

 Last Photo   Personal Details 

264 kb

Home State
North Dakota
North Dakota
Year of Birth
1913
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by Steven Loomis (SaigonShipyard), IC3 to remember Bell, David, RADM.

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
Fargo, North Dakota
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Jul 09, 2005
 
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 30 NATO Standing Naval Forces Atlantic


 Unofficial Badges 






 Additional Information
Last Known Activity



DAVID BONAR BELL
WWII Navy Cross

Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy


David B. Bell graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Class of 1937. He retired as a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy IN 1970.

Navy Cross
Awarded for actions during World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Navy Cross to Commander David Bonar Bell (NSN: 0-78628), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. PARGO (SS-264), a United States Submarine, during the EIGHTH war patrol of that vessel in the enemy-controlled waters of the Sea of Japan, during the period 14 July 1945 through 9 September 1945. With great daring and heroic actions, fully realizing the many dangers involved. Commander Bell courageously took his submarine through strong anti-submarine barriers and into the Sea of Japan. Boldly attacking heavily escorted enemy convoys he launched torpedo attacks which resulted in the sinking and damaging of over 11,000 tons of enemy shipping. Through his experience and sound judgment Commander Bell 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.

General Orders: Commander Submarine Force Pacific: Serial 02475 (October 10, 1945)

Action Date: July 14 - September 9, 1945

Rank: Commander

Company: Commanding Officer, U.S.S. Pargo (SS-264)

Navy Cross
Awarded for actions during World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Commander David Bonar Bell (NSN: 0-78628), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. PARGO (SS-264), a United States Submarine, during the SEVENTH war patrol of that vessel from 15 January 1945 through 24 March 1945. Commander Bell's skillfully planned approaches and courageous attacks resulted in sinking extensive enemy shipping. In addition, he successfully conducted several special missions of great importance. Through his experience and sound judgment Lieutenant Commander Bell 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.

General Orders: Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet: Serial 04029 (May 6, 1945)

Action Date: January 15 - March 24, 1945

Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Company: Commanding Officer, U.S.S. Pargo (SS-264)

 
Silver Star
Awarded for actions during World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Commander David Bonar Bell (NSN: 0-78628), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as Officer-of-the-Deck of the U.S.S. PARGO (SS-264), during the FIRST War Patrol of that submarine in enemy Japanese-controlled waters. Alert and aggressive, Commander's Bell's capable handling of situations as they developed greatly assisted his Commanding Officer in the sinking of 27,500 tons and the damaging of an additional 9,500 tons of enemy shipping. His forceful leadership, skill and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Pacific Fleet Board Awards: Serial 63

Action Date: August 18 - October 6, 1943

Rank: Commander,  U.S.S. Pargo (SS-264)

 
Navy and Marine Corps Medal
Awarded for actions during World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy and Marine Corps Medal to Lieutenant David Bonar Bell (NSN: 0-78628), United States Navy, for extremely heroic and courageous conduct as Officer-of-the-Deck of the U.S.S. CUTTLEFISH (SS-171), during a highly successful submarine war patrol in 1942 which resulted in the sinking of 29,600 tons of enemy Japanese shipping. Constantly vigilant, Lieutenant Bell sighted a 19,600-ton enemy tanker during the mid-watch and by expert maneuvering enabled the CUTTLEFISH to sink this valuable vessel. His skill and conspicuous devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander, Submarine Force Pacific: Serial 02475 (October 10, 1945)

Action Date: World War II

Rank: Lieutenant,  U.S.S. Cuttlefish (SS-171)

   
Other Comments:
 


Bell made Three War Patrols on the USS Cuttlefish SS-171 before commissioning the USS Pargo SS-264
and making Eight more War Patrols. A total of Eleven War Patrols.
Bell received: Two Navy Crosses, Two Silver Stars , the Navy and Marine Corps Medal,
and Three Bronze Stars with combat 'V's.




   
 Photo Album   (More...


 Ribbon Bar
Submarine Officer Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 7 Patrols
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 4 Patrols

 
 Duty Stations
NRC Baltimore MDUS NavyUSS Colorado (BB-45)Submarine School Officers Basic
USS Cuttlefish (SS-171)USS Pargo (SS-264)USS Trumpetfish (SS-425)USS Dogfish (SS-350)
COMNAVSUBFOR/COMSUBLANTCOMNAVSUBFORNSA Holy Loch, ScotlandNorth Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
CNO - OPNAV/Pentagon Navy Command Center (NCC)Naval War College (Faculty Staff)
  1933-1933, NRC Baltimore MD
  1937-1938, USS Idaho (BB-42)
  1938-1940, USS Colorado (BB-45)
  1940-1940, Submarine School Officers Basic
  1941-1942, USS Cuttlefish (SS-171)
  1943-1943, USS Pargo (SS-264)
  1944-1944, USS Pargo (SS-264)
  1945-1945, USS Pargo (SS-264)
  1945-1947, USS Trumpetfish (SS-425)
  1945-1951, Submarine Division 62
  1949-1951, USS Dogfish (SS-350)
  1952-1954, COMNAVSUBFOR/COMSUBLANT
  1954-1960, COMNAVSUBFOR
  1960-1964, NSA Holy Loch, Scotland
  1966-1968, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
  1969-1969, CNO - OPNAV/Pentagon Navy Command Center (NCC)
  1970-1970, Naval War College (Faculty Staff)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1943 Submarine War Patrols
  1943-1943 USS PARGO (SS-264) 2nd War Patrol
  1944-1944 USS PARGO (SS-264) 3rd War Patrol
  1944-1944 USS PARGO (SS-264) 4th War Patrol
 Colleges Attended 
George Washington UniversityUnited States Naval AcademyNaval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CANaval War College
  1932-1934, George Washington University
  1934-1937, United States Naval Academy
  1947-1949, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
  1965-1966, Naval War College
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  David B. Bell, Navy Rear Admiral
  David B. Bell1
  RADM Bell educational background
Copyright Togetherweserved.com Inc 2003-2011