Lee, Fitzhugh Burton, VADM

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Last Rank
Vice Admiral
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1964-1967, National War College
Service Years
1926 - 1967
Vice Admiral
Vice Admiral

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Home Country
Philippines
Philippines
Year of Birth
1905
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Batangas, Philippines
Last Address
San Diego, CA

Date of Passing
Jan 20, 1992
 
Location of Interment
Hollywood Cemetery - Richmond, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
(memorial marker)

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Last Known Activity

VADM Fitzhugh died in San Diego, CA. His ashes were spread in the Pacific Ocean.
   
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Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Awarded for actions during the Viet-Nam War
Action Date: July 31, 1964 - June 1, 1967
Service: Navy
Rank: Vice Admiral
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Vice Admiral Fitzhugh Lee (NSN: 0-60424), United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States as Commandant of The National War College, from 31 July 1964 to 1 June 1967. During this period, Admiral Lee's outstanding achievements and his dynamic leadership and initiative resulted in raising The National War College, already one of the nation's most prestigious senior military institutions, to a new level of academic excellence. Future graduates of The National War College, both military and civilian, will be better able to develop and execute national security policy as a result of Admiral Lee's contributions. These singularly distinctive accomplishments of Admiral Lee culminate a long and distinguished career in the service of his country, and reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Navy.

Navy Cross second award
Awarded for actions during World War II
General Orders: Commander 7th Fleet: Serial 03880 (June 14, 1945)
Action Date: 5-Jan-45
Service: Navy
Rank: Captain
Company: Commanding Officer
Division: U.S.S. Manila Bay (CVE-61)
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Navy Cross to Captain Fitzhugh Lee (NSN: 0-60424), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Escort Carrier U.S.S. MANILA BAY (CVE-62), in action against enemy Japanese forces during the supporting landings in the Philippine Islands on 5 January 1945. When his ship was seriously damaged by an enemy aerial attack which disrupted virtually all internal and external communications and caused severe casualties, Captain Lee, by his personal courage and leadership, inspired a superbly indoctrinated ship's company to localize raging fires and bring them under control, thereby averting possible disaster and enabling his ship to resume station and deliver air support within twenty-four hours. His initiative and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

Navy Cross
Awarded for actions during World War II
General Orders: Commander 7th Fleet: Serial 02333 (March 1, 1945)
Action Date:
25-Oct-44
Service: Navy
Rank: Captain
Company: Commanding Officer
Division:
U.S.S. Manila Bay (CVE-61)
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Captain Fitzhugh Lee (NSN: 0-60424), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Escort Carrier U.S.S. MANILA BAY (CVE-61), operating as a Unit of three Groups of Escort Aircraft Carriers in action against major ships of the Japanese Fleet during the Battle off Samar, on 25 October 1944. An aggressive and determined leader, Captain Lee courageously directed the activities of his ship and air department during the initial battle for Leyte Gulf and, by inspiring his officers and men to heroic efforts in the face of an attack by an overwhelming enemy Task Force of battleships, cruisers and destroyers, contributed materially to the infliction of severe damage on the Japanese Fleet. Through his gallant fighting spirit and expert seamanship, he was instrumental in turning potential defeat into a decisive victory, and his devotion to duty reflects the highest credit upon Captain Lee and the United States Naval Service.
   
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 Duty Stations
US NavyUSS Lexington (CV-2)School Assignments - StaffUSS Saratoga (CV-3)
CNO - OPNAVNAS PensacolaVF-6 TomcattersVS-5
USS Yorktown (CV-5)Naval Attache/Asst Naval Attache, CNO - OPNAVUSS Essex (CV-9)US Pacific Command (USCINCPAC/USPACOM)
Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB-42)NAS NorfolkSecretary of the Navy (SECNAV)
Commander Fleet Air Western Pacific (COMFAIRWESTPAC)Carrier Division 5 (COMCARDIV 5)NAS MemphisCommander-in-Chief, US Atlantic Fleet (CINCLANTFLT)
National War College
  1926-1926, USS Oklahoma (BB-37)
  1927-1928, USS Lexington (CV-2)
  1928-1929, Naval Flight School
  1929-1929, USS Saratoga (CV-3)
  1930-1931, USS Lexington (CV-2)
  1932-1933, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, CNO - OPNAV
  1935-1935, USS Augusta (CA-31)
  1936-1938, NAS Pensacola
  1938-1938, VF-6 Tomcatters
  1938-1940, VS-5
  1939-1939, USS Yorktown (CV-5)
  1940-1942, Naval Attache/Asst Naval Attache, CNO - OPNAV
  1942-1944, USS Essex (CV-9)
  1944-1945, USS Manila Bay (CVE-61)
  1945-1949, CINCPAC HQ, US Pacific Command (USCINCPAC/USPACOM)
  1949-1951, Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)
  1950-1951, Commander, Cruiser Division THREE
  1951-1952, USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB-42)
  1952-1952, NAS Norfolk
  1952-1954, Executive Office Secretary of the Navy (EXOS), Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)
  1955-1956, Commander Fleet Air Western Pacific (COMFAIRWESTPAC)
  1957-1958, Carrier Division 5 (COMCARDIV 5)
  1958-1960, NAS Memphis
  1960-1961, Commander-in-Chief, US Atlantic Fleet (CINCLANTFLT)
  1961-1964, Chief Naval Air Basic Training (CNABATRA)
  1964-1967, National War College
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Air Strikes on Marcus and Wake Islands
  1943-1943 Gilbert Islands Operation/Battle of Tarawa
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Surigao Strait
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Samar
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1922-1926, United States Naval Academy
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  VADM Fitzhugh Lee, Korea
  Family info: Fitzhugh Lee III
  Jun 03, 1929, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Sep 06, 1929, Designated a Naval aviator
  Jun 30, 1936, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Jul 01, 1940, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Aug 01, 1943, Promoted to Captain
  Dec 31, 1959, Promoted to Vice Admiral
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