Cruzen, Richard Harold, VADM

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Last Rank
Vice Admiral
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1947-1954, Commander, Cruiser Division TWO
Service Years
1915 - 1954
Vice Admiral
Vice Admiral

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Contact Info
Home Town
Kansas City, MO
Last Address
San Clemente, CA

Date of Passing
Apr 15, 1970
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
4 3153-B

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United States Navy Memorial
  2019, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

As a Commander, Richard Cruz took part in Admiral Byrd's expedition to Antarctica. He returned to that area again as a Rear Admiral in charge of Operation High Jump.
Other Comments:

"I consider the War Trials as one of the more disgraceful manifestations of the past war hysteria." - quote by Vice Admiral Richard H. Cruzen, U.S.N.

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyUS Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)COMSEVENTHFLTUSS Mount Olympus (AGC-8)
  1918-1918, USS Mississippi (BB-23)
  1919-1920, USS Idaho (BB-24)
  1920-1922, USS Claxton (DD-140)
  1922-1923, USS Nevada (BB-36)
  1922-1923, USS Delphy (DD-261)
  1923-1924, USS Rigel (AD-13)
  1924-1924, USS Moody (DD-277)
  1924-1925, USS Reno (DD-303)
  1924-1925, USS Altair (AD-11)
  1927-1930, USS Shirk (DD-318)
  1930-1932, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1932-1932, 10th Naval District
  1932-1932, 16th Naval District
  1932-1934, USS Pope (DD-225)
  1935-1936, 4th Naval District
  1936-1939, USS Simpson (DD-221)
  1939-1939, USS California (BB-44)
  1939-1941, USS Bear (AG-29)
  1943-1943, COMSEVENTHFLT
  1944-1945, Commander, Allied Naval Forces, Southwest Pacific Area
  1945-1946, USS Birmingham (CL-62)
  1946-1947, USS Mount Olympus (AGC-8)
  1947-1954, Commander, Cruiser Division TWO
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1927-1927 US Occupation of Nicaragua
  1932-1932 Yangtze River Operations
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
  1946-1947 Operation Highjump
 Colleges Attended 
Virginia Military InstituteUnited States Naval AcademyUnited States Naval Academy
  1914-1915, Virginia Military Institute
  1915-1919, United States Naval Academy
  1925-1926, United States Naval Academy
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jun 07, 1919, Commissioned as Ensign
  Jun 07, 1922, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Jun 07, 1925, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Oct 01, 1935, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Nov 25, 1939, US Antarctic Service Expedition 11/39-6/41
  Apr 01, 1941, Promoted to Commander
  Jun 02, 1942, Promoted to Captain
  Apr 01, 1944, Promoted to Rear Admiral
  Dec 02, 1946, Operation High Jump 12/46-4/47
  Jun 30, 1954, Promoted to Vice Admiral
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