Vieweg, Walter, RADM

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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1952-1954, Commander, Fleet Air, West Coast, Naval Air Forces Pacific Fleet
Service Years
1924 - 1954
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Home Town
Buffalo, New York
Last Address
Place of Birth: Elmira, New York
Home of record: Berkeley, California
Burial: Arlington National Cemetery

Date of Passing
Mar 20, 1960
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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US Navy Retired 30

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US Navy Honorable Discharge

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Last Known Activity

RAdm. Walter Victor Rudolph Vieweg

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the NAVY CROSS to WALTER VICTOR RUDOLPH VIEWEG, CAPTAIN, UNITED STATES NAVY, for service as set forth in the following citation:

"The Navy Cross is presented to Walter Victor Rudolph Vieweg, Captain, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Escort Carrier U.S.S. GAMBIER BAY (CVE-73), during action against enemy Japanese forces near Samar in the Philippine Islands, during the Battle of Leyte Gulf on 25 October 1944.  When a formidable column of Japanese ships attacked our escort carriers, Captain Vieweg held indomitably to a bold, aggressive course.  He waged a fierce battle with planes and gunfire until, with vital machinery deep within the ship destroyed by the continuous blasting of heavy weapons, all hope of escape from disaster was shattered. Determined to fight the GAMBIER BAY to the end, he inspired all hands to heroic effort and, repeatedly exposing himself to the enemy's deadly bombardment, skillfully employed his few available weapons in valiant defense of his stricken vessel.  The conduct of Captain Vieweg throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

For the President, /s/ James Forrestal, Secretary of the Navy

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
NAS PensacolaAviation Ordnance Officer Career Progression Course (AOOCP)US NavyVF-6 Tomcatters
USS Enterprise (CV-6)VP-56Bureau of OrdnanceCarrier Division 5 (COMCARDIV 5)
Pacific Missile Test Center (PMTC)NAAS Chincoteague, VAUSS Kearsarge (CV-33)Naval Ordnance Test Station (NOTS) China Lake
Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
  1926-1929, NAS Pensacola
  1930-1932, Aviation Ordnance Officer Career Progression Course (AOOCP)
  1933-1937, Commander Aircraft Battle Force
  1938-1938, VF-6 Tomcatters
  1938-1938, USS Enterprise (CV-6)
  1940-1941, VP-56
  1941-1943, Bureau of Ordnance
  1943-1943, USS Chandeleur (AV-10)
  1944-1944, Carrier Division 5 (COMCARDIV 5)
  1944-1944, USS Gambier Bay (CVE-73)
  1945-1945, Pacific Missile Test Center (PMTC)
  1945-1946, USS Commencement Bay (CVE-105)
  1946-1948, NAAS Chincoteague, VA
  1949-1949, USS Kearsarge (CV-33)
  1949-1952, Naval Ordnance Test Station (NOTS) China Lake
  1952-1954, Commander, Fleet Air, West Coast, Naval Air Forces Pacific Fleet
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1941-1945 World War II
  1941-1945 World War II
  1944-1944 World War II
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Samar
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1920-1924, United States Naval Academy
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Biography of Captain Walter Victor Rudolph VIEWEG
  RAdm. VIEWEG: Rank and Commands
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