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Vice Admiral
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
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1965-1969, Office of the Naval Inspector General (Naval IG)
Service Years
1931 - 1969
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Home Town
Salt Lake City
Last Address
Arlington National Cemetery

Date of Passing
Oct 29, 1979
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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US European Command US Navy Retired 30

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United States Naval Academy Alumni Association
  1931, United States Naval Academy Alumni Association [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Raymond Cannon Needham
Vice Admiral, US Navy

Ray Cannon Needham was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on September 11, 1908, the son of Ray B. and Lillian (Cannon) Needham. He was a great-great grandson of Brigham Young. He attended public schools in Salt Lake City, and after a year at the University of Utah was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, entering as a Midshipman from his native state on June 29, 1927. He was graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Science and commissioned Ensign on June 4, 1931.

Through subsequent promotions he advanced to the rank of Rear Admiral to date from July 1, 1958, and Vice Admiral, to date from August 1, 1963.
Other Comments:
Awarded the
Legion of Merit with Combat "V"

and cited in part as follows:
"For exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services as Operations Officer on the Staff of a Fast Carrier Task Group Commander during operations against enemy Japanese forces in the Japanese Homeland from April 5 to 17 and July 1, to August 15, 1945....(he) planned and coordinated the Task Group's aircraft to maximum advantage. His outstanding ability and devotion to duty under fire were vital factors in the infliction of extensive damage upon the enemy..."

Second Award:
"For exceptionally meritorious conduct...during the period August 1963 to August 1965..." he was awarded a Gold Star in lieu of the Second Legion of Merit. The citation further states in part:

"During this period of crises and unprecedented weapon system advances (he) displayed keen foresight and astute military judgment in the deployment of Atlantic Fleet forces to assure the readiness of the Fleet to support national policy, personally supervising the smooth and orderly transition of Command and Area Coordination imposed by General Orders 5 and 19 without loss of effective Fleet support at any time.

"In April 1965, with both the military and political situation deteriorating rapidly in the Dominican Republic, he skillfully directed the expeditious and strategic positioning of Naval and Marine Corps units, alerted Army and Air Force groups for possible contingency operations, directed the successful, casualty-free evacuation of thousands of noncombatant personnel of many nationalities, and coordinated the ensuing safe and efficient introduction of Army and Air Force units into the Dominican Republic.

"Through his invaluable advice and assistance, he was instrumental in isolating the armed conflict to a small section of Santo Domingo. He was also instrumental in the introduction into the Dominican Republic of contingents of the Inter-American Peace Force and the subsequent phased withdrawal of U.S. Forces..."

Awarded the
Navy Distinguished Service Medal

The citation continues in part:
"...Through his skillful guidance and coordination, changes recommended as a result of inspections conducted under his supervision, greatly enhanced the readiness of the combatant forces, their state of training, maintenance of equipment, morale of personnel, and support by the shore establishment.

(He) drew upon his great wealth of knowledge and experience to develop the Naval Command Inspection Program. His personal attention and initiative were reflected in the numerous command inspections which were conducted for the first time at the Fleet and Departmental levels, and resulted in improved efficiency of organizations and operations. Additionally, Vice Admiral Needham initiated a number of special studies of problem areas, including review of Manpower Management; missions, functions, and tasks of District Commanders; Maintenance Data Collection Systems; and Naval Training Surveys, achieving marked success in each endeavor..."

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US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)School Assignments - StaffUS NavyNAS Pensacola
USS Langley (CV-1)USS Saratoga (CV-3)NAS Daytona BeachCNO - OPNAV
NAS San DiegoUSS Tarawa (CV-40)Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO), CNO - OPNAVNational War College
USS Duxbury Bay (AVP-38)NAS Quonset PointUSS Wasp (CV-18)Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)
Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVAIRPAC)Naval Air Forces Atlantic Fleet, Commander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)Office of the Naval Inspector General (Naval IG)
  1927-1931, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1931-1932, Naval Flight Training
  1933-1933, USS Alden (DD-211)
  1933-1934, NAS Pensacola
  1934-1935, USS Langley (CV-1)
  1935-1937, USS Saratoga (CV-3)
  1937-1939, NAS Pensacola
  1939-1941, USS Saratoga (CV-3)
  1941-1941, Commander Aircraft Battle Force
  1942-1943, NAS Daytona Beach
  1943-1943, USS Baffin (ACV-35)
  1943-1943, USS Mission Bay (CVE-59)
  1943-1945, USS Solomons (CVE-67)
  1945-1945, CNO - OPNAV
  1945-1948, NAS San Diego
  1948-1949, USS Tarawa (CV-40)
  1949-1951, DCNO (Operations), Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO)
  1952-1952, National War College
  1952-1953, USS Duxbury Bay (AVP-38)
  1953-1954, National War College
  1954-1955, Naval District
  1955-1956, NAS Quonset Point
  1956-1957, USS Wasp (CV-18)
  1957-1958, Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)
  1959-1961, Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVAIRPAC)
  1962-1963, Naval Air Forces Atlantic Fleet, Commander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)
  1963-1965, CNO - OPNAV
  1965-1969, Office of the Naval Inspector General (Naval IG)
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  1941-1945 World War II
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  1927-1931, United States Naval Academy
  1952-1952, National War College
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