Lowry, Frank Jacob, VADM

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Last Rank
Vice Admiral
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1947-1950, NAVSTA Mare Island, CA
Service Years
1911 - 1950
Vice Admiral
Vice Admiral

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Contact Info
Home Town
Cresco, IA
Last Address
Vallejo, CA

Date of Passing
Mar 26, 1955
Location of Interment
Buried at Sea, Pacific Ocean
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Ashes scattered from the Cruiser Bremerton.

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Admiral Lowry began his naval career with his appointment to the Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland in 1907. He was graduated in June, 1911. He first served at Mare Island in 1919, when he assumed command of the receiving ship and training station, following Atlantic patrol duty in World War I. His work between the two world wars included assignment to Guam, the Naval College at Newport, Rhode Island, duty on the battleships California and New York, at the University of California as professor of Naval science and tactics, command of the U.S.S. Hale, training work and a Washington tour in the bureau of navigation.

In 1940 he took command of the heavy cruiser, "
Minneapolis" at Pearl Harbor, and the ship was the entrance to the harbor standing by to escort a convoy to Manila when the Japanese attacked. During the first year of the war, the "Minneapolis" operated in the southwest Pacific, and rescued 850 of the crew of the Lexington, which was sunk in the battle of the Coral Sea. This action resulted in the Navy Cross award for Admiral Lowry.

He also participated in the battle of Midway, the first landing at
Guadalcanal, and the battle of the Eastern Solomons, where the "Minneapolis" towed the torpedoed "Saratoga" from the danger area.

He served briefly on stateside duty in 1942 and was then named commander of the
Morocean Sea frontier, with headquarters at Casablanca. He then took command of the landing craft and bases at Salerno, Italy, and in November, 1943, became commander of the eighth Amphibian force.

Under his command the combined
United States and British naval forces planned and assaulted the beaches at Anzio in January, 1944. He then commanded the landing in Southern France in August, 1944, and returned to the United States to organize and amphibious group for the invasion of Japan. When the war ended, he was ordered to Germany to serve under General Patton. He was named area commander of Mare Island, October 30, 1947, succeeding Vice Admiral Mahlan D. Tisdale, the first to hold the area command position.

Admiral Lowry was awarded 21 medals, ranging from the highest Navy honor and Navy cross, to six decorations from foreign governments.

He retired from active duty as commander of the
Mare Island
in March, 1950.
Other Comments:

Navy Cross
Awarded for Actions During WWII
General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 311 (February 1943)
Action Date: May 7 & 8, 1942
Service: Navy
Rank: Captain
Company: Commanding Officer
Division: U.S.S. Minneapolis (CA-36)
Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Captain Frank Jacob Lowry, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Heavy Cruiser U.S.S. MINNEAPOLIS (CA-36), during operations in Coral Sea on 7 and 8 May 1942 . Under Captain Lowry's skillful direction, his ship during this action inflicted considerable damage on the enemy Japanese and rendered vital protection to the aircraft carrier to which it was assigned. Captain Lowry's inspiring leadership and the valiant devotion to duty of his command contributed in large measure to the outstanding success of these vital missions and reflect great credit upon the United States Naval Service.
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyNAVSTA Mare Island, CAHQ, Naval Training Center (Cadre/Staff) San Diego, CAUSS Tuscaloosa (CA-37)
NAVSTA Great Lakes, ILSecretary of the Navy (SECNAV)Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO), CNO - OPNAV
  1911-1912, USS Cleveland (C-19)
  1916-1917, Submarine Division 3
  1917-1918, USS Raleigh (C-8) 1894-1919
  1917-1919, USS Pittsburgh (ACR-4)
  1919-1921, NAVSTA Mare Island, CA
  1922-1925, USS Pensacola (AG-13)
  1926-1927, USS California (BB-44)
  1927-1929, USS New York (BB-34)
  1931-1933, USS Hale (DD-133)
  1933-1936, HQ, Naval Training Center (Cadre/Staff) San Diego, CA
  1936-1938, USS Tuscaloosa (CA-37)
  1938-1940, Bureau of Navigation
  1940-1942, USS Minneapolis (CA-36)
  1942-1943, NAVSTA Great Lakes, IL
  1944-1944, USS Biscayne (AVP-11)
  1945-1947, General Board, Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)
  1947-1947, Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO), CNO - OPNAV
  1947-1950, NAVSTA Mare Island, CA
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1917-1918 World War I
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of the Coral Sea
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
  1943-1943 Sicily Campaign (1943)/Opertion Huskey
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Anzio Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Southern France Campaign (1944)
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Iwo Jima Operation
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyNaval War College
  1907-1911, United States Naval Academy
  1925-1926, Naval War College
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Oct 27, 1942, Former Cresco Woman Tells of Attack on Pearl Harbor
  Nov 12, 1942, Naval Officer Winner of Signal Promotion
  Jul 27, 1944, Former Cresco Man Receives Gold Star
  Oct 27, 1944, Lowry Awarded Service Medal
  Dec 17, 1945, Interviewed at the Time of Death of Patton
  May 30, 1950, Ashes Onto Ocean
  Mar 30, 1955, Funeral Held For Vice Adm. Frank Lowry
  May 30, 1994, Cresco's Five Admirals
  Mar 24, 2019, General Photos1
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