Geist, John Willard, CAPT

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Last Rank
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Line Officer
Primary Unit
1958-1961, HQ SACT (Formerly SACLANT)
Service Years
1934 - 1961

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Contact Info
Home Town
Warriors Mark, PA
Last Address
Hollidaysburg, PA

Date of Passing
Jan 13, 1996
Location of Interment
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery - San Diego, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: P, 0, C-322

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US Navy Retired 20

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Navy Officer Honorable Discharge

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Last Known Activity

Capt. John W. Geist was aboard the USS Panay, serving as a Lieutenant (JG) assigned as Medical Officer, when it was attacked and sunk by warplanes of the Imperial Japanese Army in December of 1937. He was severely wounded and faced the possibility of a permanent disability. But, he recovered and went on to serve in WWII and the Korean War, being present for the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.  

Japanese attack on the USS Panay, Yangtze River, December 1937. Listed as: Wounds, multiple, shrapnel, lower left leg and left shoulder. Condition favorable. Possible Osteomyelitis chronic left tibia with ulcer chronic skin of left leg. Possible permanent disabililty resulting in medical discharge.

But he wasn't discharged. Geist and eleven other Panay survivors were at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. As they saw the bombers with the red suns on their wingtips come diving down again there was an awful familiarity to it all.

He was later awarded $25,000 by the Japanese government for: Wounds, multiple shrapnel lower left leg and left shoulder.
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CNO - OPNAV/Pentagon Navy Command Center (NCC)USS Chemung (AO-30)HQ SACT (Formerly SACLANT)
  1934-1934, USS West Virginia (BB-48)
  1934-1935, USS Arkansas (BB-33)
  1936-1937, USS Quincy (CA-39)
  1937-1937, USS Panay (PR-5)
  1938-1938, USS Augusta (CA-31)
  1938-1939, USS Trever (DD-339)
  1939-1943, USS Raleigh (CL-7)
  1943-1945, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1945-1947, USS Los Angeles (CA-135)
  1947-1948, USS Brush (DD-745)
  1948-1949, Potomac River/Potomac River Naval Command (PRNC)
  1950-1951, CNO - OPNAV/Pentagon Navy Command Center (NCC)
  1953-1954, USS Chemung (AO-30)
  1955-1957, 12th Naval District
  1958-1961, HQ SACT (Formerly SACLANT)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1937-1937 Sinking of the USS Panay (PR-5)
  1941-1941 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Attack on Pearl Harbor
  1943-1943 Aleutians Islands Campaign (1942-43)/Bombardment of Kiska
  1952-1953 Korean War/Third Korean Winter (1952-53)
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United States Naval AcademyGeorge Washington UniversityIndustrial College of the Armed Forces, Washington, D.C.
  1930-1934, United States Naval Academy
  1950-1952, George Washington University
  1952-1952, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Washington, D.C.
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  May 03, 1934, Commissioned as Ensign
  May 31, 1937, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Jul 01, 1941, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Mar 01, 1943, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Feb 01, 1944, Promoted to Commander
  Jul 01, 1954, Promoted to Captain
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