Moon, Don Pardee, RADM

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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Primary Unit
1944-1944, USS Bayfield (APA-33)
Service Years
1916 - 1944
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Home Town
Kokomo, IN
Last Address
USS Bayfield

Date of Passing
Aug 05, 1944
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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Before Normandy, Admiral Moon was operational commander for Operation Tiger, a rehearsal for the D-day landings that ended in disaster and tragedy. A German E-Boat (German fast Patrol Torpedo boat similar to our PT boats) attack took place resulting in the loss of more than 700 allied soldiers. It was considered by many, inexplicable that the operation took take place in the full knowledge that there was a potent E-boat threat in the area and that the Germans were actually at sea on the night of the April 27. Admiral Moon, though not charged, received a lot of hostility from both the British and Americans.

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Admiral Moon was the highest-ranking serviceman to commit suicide during World War II.

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)USS Arizona (BB-39)Naval Postgraduate School (Faculty Staff)USS Colorado (BB-45)
US NavyBureau of OrdnanceCommander, Destroyer Squadron 11 (COMDESRON 11), Commander Destroyers, Battle ForceNaval War College (Staff)
Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)DESRON 8, Cruiser Destroyer Group 12CNO - OPNAVUSS Bayfield (APA-33)
  1912-1916, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1916-1918, USS Arizona (BB-39)
  1918-1920, USS Arizona (BB-39)
  1921-1922, Naval Postgraduate School (Faculty Staff)
  1923-1925, USS Colorado (BB-45)
  1925-1926, USS Nevada (BB-36)
  1926-1928, Bureau of Ordnance
  1928-1929, Naval Gun Factory, Washington Navy Yard
  1929-1932, Commander, Destroyer Squadron 11 (COMDESRON 11), Commander Destroyers, Battle Force
  1932-1933, Naval War College (Staff)
  1933-1934, Naval War College (Staff)
  1934-1936, 00X, USS John D.Ford (DD-228)
  1936-1937, Commander, Destroyer Division 10 (COMDESDIV 10), Commander Destroyers, Battle Force
  1937-1938, Naval War College (Staff)
  1938-1940, Naval War College (Staff)
  1940-1941, Commander, Destroyer Division 10 (COMDESDIV 10), Commander Destroyers, Battle Force
  1941-1942, DESRON 8, Cruiser Destroyer Group 12
  1942-1944, CNO - OPNAV
  1944-1944, Commander, Eleventh Amphibious Force, Group II, Commander, Twelfth Fleet
  1944-1944, USS Bayfield (APA-33)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1917-1918 World War I
  1939-1941 Neutrality Operations in the North Atlantic
  1942-1942 Algeria-French Morocco Campaign (1942)/Operation Torch
  1944-1944 Normandy Campaign (1944)/Operation Overlord2
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyNaval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CAUniversity of ChicagoNaval War College
Naval War College
  1912-1916, United States Naval Academy
  1921-1922, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
  1922-1922, University of Chicago
  1932-1933, Naval War College
  1937-1938, Naval War College
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