Espe, Carl, VADM

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Last Rank
Vice Admiral
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1959-1960, 1st Naval District
Service Years
1922 - 1960
Vice Admiral
Vice Admiral

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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1900
 
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Home Town
McCandless Township
Last Address
Date of birth: 15-Apr-00
Date of death: 7-Mar-88
Place of Birth: McCandless Township, Pennsylvania

Date of Passing
Mar 07, 1988
 
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Defense Intelligence Agency US Navy Retired 30


 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Golden Dragon


 Military Association Memberships
Naval Order of the United States
  1945, Naval Order of the United States


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Last Known Activity

VAdm Carl Frederick Espe, USN (Ret.)


Date of birth: 15 April 1900
Date of death: 7 March 1988
Place of Birth: McCandless Township, Pennsylvania

Carl Espe: U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Class of 1922.
State of admission: Pennsylvania, July 11, 1918, age 19 and one month. 
He retired as a U.S. Navy Vice Admiral.

   
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Awards and Citations

  1. Navy Distinguished Service Medal

    Awarded for actions during the Korean War  

    The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Rear Admiral Carl Frederick Espe (NSN: 0-57547/1100), United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service to the United States in a position of great responsibility between 8 October 1951 and 29 March 1952. Rear Admiral Espe served with great distinction as Commander Amphibious Group ONE and as Commander Task Force NINETY, in connection with operations against enemy forces in the Korean area. He was outstandingly successful in effecting large scale movements of military personnel, equipment, and prisoners of war. His skillful planning and expeditious execution of amphibious troop movements was exemplified on the occasion of the rapid redeployment between Japan and Korea of approximately 62,000 troops, 16,000 short tons of cargo, and 1,620 vehicles. In addition to his outstanding contribution to the success of operations in Korea as Commander of Amphibious forces, he rendered valuable service in providing logistic support and amphibious training for U.S. Army units of Division strength. Throughout this period of service Rear Admiral Espe exhibited aggressive leadership, initiative, and a thorough knowledge of amphibious tactics. His distinguished service reflects great credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.

    Action Date: October 8, 1951 - March 29, 1952
    Service: Navy
    Rank: Rear Admiral

     

  2. Legion of Merit

    Awarded for actions during World War II 

    The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Second Gold Star in lieu of a Third Award of the Legion of Merit to Captain Carl Frederick Espe (NSN: 0-57547/1100), United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as a Member of a Planning Board in the Plans Division of the Staff of the Commander in Chief, United States Pacific Fleet and Pacific Ocean Area, in connection with operations against enemy Japanese forces from 13 January to 1 September 1945. Utilizing his thorough knowledge of Naval and Military operations, Captain Espe assisted in preparing plans for the capture and occupation of the Japanese Empire and adjacent locations, for the opening and maintenance of a sea route for Allied vessels and for operations subsequent to the surrender of the Japanese. By his professional ability and devotion to duty, he contributed materially to the success of our Armed Forces in the Pacific War Area and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

    General Orders: Commander in Chief Pacific: Serial 51802 (November 24, 1945)
    Action Date: January 13 - September 1, 1945
    Service: Navy
    Rank: Captain

     

  3. Legion of Merit with Combat "V"

    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 Legion of Merit with Combat "V" to Captain Carl Frederick Espe (NSN: 0-57547/1100), United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Commanding Officer of Destroyer Squadron FORTY-SIX and as Screen Commander of Task Group THIRTY-EIGHT POINT ONE during operations against enemy Japanese forces in the Pacific War Area, from 24 August to 30 October 1944. Skillfully maneuvering the screen throughout the attacks on Palau, Formosa and the Philippine Islands, Captain Espe contributed greatly to the protection of the Task Group while operating in enemy waters under heavy aerial attack and constant submarine threat and, by prompt decisive action, rendered effective service many times in the rescue of pilots. His courage and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

    General Orders: Commander 2d Carrier Task Force Pacific: Serial 01203 (February 4, 1945)
    Action Date: August 24 - October 30, 1944
    Service: Navy
    Rank: Captain

     

  4. Bronze Star with Combat "V"

    Awarded for actions during World War II   

    The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V" to Captain Carl Frederick Espe (NSN: 0-57547/1100), United States Navy, for meritorious achievement as Commander Destroyer Squadron FORTY-SIX, attached to Task Group FIFTY-EIGHT POINT ONE, in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Western Pacific Area, from 6 June to 8 August 1944. After the Japanese carrier air power was destroyed and the Japanese Fleet heavily damaged and driven to home waters, Captain Espe led his ships in rescuing personnel from a large number of carrier planes which had been forced to land in the water. Later he participated in the bombardments of Iwo Jima, Guam and Chichi Jima, destroying hostile installations, and on the night of 4 August, assisted in intercepting the remnants of a Japanese convoy by demolishing one AK and a DD. His skill, initiative and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. (Captain Espe is authorized to wear the Combat "V".)

    General Orders: Commander 1st Carrier Task Force: Serial 464 (September 25, 1944
    Action Date: June 6 - August 8, 1944
    Service: Navy
    Rank: Captain

     

  5. Legion of Merit with Combat "V"

    Awarded for actions during World War II

    The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Legion of Merit with Combat "V" to Captain Carl Frederick Espe (NSN: 0-57547/1100), United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Commander of a Destroyer Squadron during action against enemy Japanese forces on Truk, 16 and 17 February 1944, and during raids on the Saipan-Tinian Area on 21 and 22 February 1944. With units of his squadron subjected to continuous day and night torpedo and bombing attacks, Captain Espe directed the ships under his command in assisting in the destruction of two hostile planes and, maintaining a protective position for the carriers, enabled the Task Group to proceed to the initial launching point and carry out a damaging air attack against enemy shipping, aircraft and shore installations on these strategically important islands. By his leadership and devotion to duty throughout, Captain Espe contributed materially to the success of these operations and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. (Captain Espe is authorized to wear the Combat "V".)

    General Orders: Pacific Fleet Board Awards: Serial 66 (April 18, 1944)
    Action Date: February 16 & 17 and 21 & 22, 1944
    Service: Navy
    Rank: Captain

     

  6. 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 Captain Carl Frederick Espe (NSN: 0-57547/1100), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as Commander Destroyer Sound Screen of a Destroyer Squadron, in action against enemy Japanese forces during the assault on Makin, Tarawa and Abemama in the Gilbert Islands, from 10 to 27 November 1943. Through his exceptional directive ability and his comprehensive understanding of each tactical situation, Captain Espe effectively deployed ships of the Sound Screen to provide protection for the Task Group operating in enemy submarine-infested waters. By his personal valor, inspiring leadership and daring initiative, Captain Espe contributed materially to the success of our assault forces in that vital theater of war, and his outstanding devotion to duty throughout upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

    General Orders: Pacific Fleet Board Awards: Serial 50 (May 14, 1944)
    Action Date: November 10 - 27, 1943
    Service: Navy
    Rank: Captain

   
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  1924-1925, 111X, USS Chase (DD-323)
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  1934-1935, 111X, USS Bobolink (AM-20)
  1935-1936, 111X, COMNAVAIRLANT/Flag Admin Unit (FAU)
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