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Vice Admiral
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1946-1949, Guam, NAVCAMS WESTPAC
Service Years
1910 - 1949
Vice Admiral
Vice Admiral

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Year of Birth
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Date of Passing
Jul 19, 1975
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 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW)Naval Order of the United States
  1945, Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW)
  1945, Naval Order of the United States

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Vice Admiral Charles Alan Pownall

Following graduation from the Naval Academy in 1910, Pownall served briefly in the Mississippi (BB-23), Missouri (BB-11), Ammen (DD-35), and Reid (DD-21). During World War I he commanded the Roe (DD-24) and Vedette (SP-163), and after the war, the John D. Ford (DD-228). After flight training, he was designated a naval aviator in 1927. He then served as navigator in the Saratoga (CV-3), air officer in the Lexington (CV-2), and had duty on the staffs of Commander in Chief Battle Fleet and Commander Aircraft Squadrons Battle Fleet. He was executive officer of the Ranger (CV-4), and skipper of the Enterprise (CV-6) from 1938-41. During World War II he served as Commander Patrol Plane Replacement Squadrons, Patrol Wings, Pacific Fleet; Commander Fleet Air, West Coast; Commander Carrier Division Three; Commander Air Force Pacific Fleet; and Chief of Naval Air Training Command. His final tours, before retirement in 1949, were as Commander Marianas and naval governor of Guam.

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Awards and Citations

Navy Cross
Awarded for actions during World War I

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Commander Charles Alan Pownall, United States Navy, for distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. VEDETTE, engaged in the important exacting and hazardous duty of transporting and escorting troops and supplies through waters infested with enemy submarines and mines during World War I.   

Action Date: World War I
Service: Navy Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Company: Commanding Officer
Division: U.S.S. Vedette

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)US NavyCNO - OPNAVFormal Schools and Training Courses
USS Saratoga (CV-3)USS Lexington (CV-2)USS Ranger (CV-4)USS Enterprise (CV-6)
Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)NAVCAMS WESTPAC
  1906-1910, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1910-1912, USS Mississippi (BB-23)
  1912-1914, USS Missouri (BB-11)
  1914-1915, USS Ammen (DD-35)
  1916-1917, USS Reid (DD-21)
  1917-1917, USS Roe (DD-24)
  1918-1918, CNO - OPNAV
  1921-1923, USS John D.Ford (DD-228)
  1925-1925, Navy Pre-Flight School
  1925-1927, Naval Flight School
  1929-1931, USS Saratoga (CV-3)
  1932-1934, USS Lexington (CV-2)
  1935-1937, Commander, Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet
  1937-1938, USS Ranger (CV-4)
  1938-1941, USS Enterprise (CV-6)
  1941-1943, Commander Patrol Plane Squadrons US Fleet (COMPATRONUSFLT)
  1942-1943, Commander, Fleet Air, West Coast, Naval Air Forces Pacific Fleet
  1943-1943, CNO - OPNAV
  1943-1944, CNO - OPNAV
  1945-1946, Chief of Naval Air Technical Training (CNATECHTRA)
  1946-1949, Guam, NAVCAMS WESTPAC
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1917-1918 World War I
  1918-1918 World War I/Mining Operations, North Atlantic
  1918-1918 World War I/Convoy Duty
  1941-1945 World War II
  1942-1942 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1943-1943 Gilbert Islands Operation/Battle of Tarawa
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Kwajalein Atoll (Operation Flintlock)1
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1906-1910, United States Naval Academy
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  1918-1-20, Lieutenant, Commander, YP Vedette
  1921-7-16, Lieutenant commander, Commander, DD John D. Ford
  1938-12-21, Captain, Commander, CV Enterprise
  1943-11, Rear admiral, Commander, Carrier Division 3
  1944-2-28, Commander, Naval Air Forces, Pacific Fleet
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