Greenman, William Garrett, Cmdre

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Last Rank
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1944-1949, Naval Petroleum Office (NAVPETOFF), Naval Supply Systems Command
Service Years
1909 - 1949

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Home Town
Utica, NY
Last Address
Honolulu, HI

Date of Passing
Feb 06, 1956
Location of Interment
United States Naval Academy Cemetery - Annapolis, Maryland
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01-0131 A

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William Garrett Greenman was born on August 26, 1888, in Utica, New York. He entered the navy in June 1909, just short of his twenty-first birthday, having been appointed a midshipman from his home state on June 26, 1908. He graduated from the Naval Academy with the class of 1912. His first assignment was to the battleship North Dakota and the commissioning of the gunboat Sacramento (PG-19).

World War I found Greenman raising to the rank of lieutenant commander as he spent time aboard the battleships Nevada and Florida. By the late 1920's Greenman was given his own ship,  assuming command of the destroyer Preston DD-327 followed by the Brooks DD-232. In April 1934, the same month that the Astoria was commissioned, Greenman was made a commander.

The outbreak of World War II in Europe found Greenman, with the rank of captain, in command of a destroyer squadron. The ships were part of what was known as the Atlantic Squadron operating off America's East Coast. The destroyers became part of the Neutrality Patrol, whose purpose was to show the world that the United States Navy was ready and able to deend the Western Hemisphere. Greenman later became chief of staff to Commander Destroyers, Atlantic Fleet. During his tenure he assisted in the transfer of fifty old destroyers to the British. On May 16, 1942, he received orders to report to the Pacific as the new commanding officer of the Astoria.

Having a new commanding officer come aboard can cause a level of uneasiness among a ship's crew. No one for sure knows what to expect. By the time the Guadalcanal operation had begun, word spread around the Astoria that the new captain had a sense of humor. It was a boost to moral to know that Greenman was a so-called regular.

The USS Astoria CA-34 was sunk at the battle of Savo Island on August 9, 1942. Captain Greenman received the Legion of Merit for his gallant attempts to save the sinking ship. A second LM was awarded to Captain William G. Greenman, Head of the Advanced Base Planning Section. He was responsible for the general planning and coordination of the establishment of all advanced bases in the Central Pacific Area  (CincPac and CincPoa)
during 1943 until January 1944.

In 1945, Wm. G. Greenman was Director, Office of Naval Petroleum and Oil Shale Reserves. He retired with the rank of Commodore.
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Commodore Greenman posted by Short, Diane (TWS Admin) (Ruth, Harding), SA 5464 
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 Duty Stations
US NavyNAVSTA Norfolk, VAUS Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)USS Texas (BB-35)
USS Ranger (CV-4)Commander, Naval Surface Force, Pacific (COMNAVSURFPAC)USS Astoria (CA-34)Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
Commander Naval Forces Marianas (COMNAVMARIANAS)Naval Petroleum Office (NAVPETOFF), Naval Supply Systems Command
  1912-1913, USS North Dakota (BB-29)
  1914-1914, NAVSTA Norfolk, VA
  1914-1916, USS Sacramento (PG-19)
  1916-1918, USS Nevada (BB-36)
  1919-1919, USS Florida (BB-30)
  1921-1923, USS Shawmut (CM 4)
  1923-1924, USS Wyoming (BB-32)
  1924-1927, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1927-1928, USS Preston (DD-327)
  1928-1929, USS Texas (BB-35)
  1929-1930, USS Brooks (DD-232)
  1930-1933, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1934-1936, USS Ranger (CV-4)
  1936-1939, Inspector of Naval Material (Petroleum Products)
  1939-1940, USS Decatur (DD-341)
  1940-1940, Reserve Destroyer Squadron 27, COMNAVSURFGRU MIDPAC
  1940-1942, USS Omaha (CL-4)
  1942-1942, USS Astoria (CA-34)
  1943-1944, Commander, Service Force, Pacific Fleet
  1944-1944, Commander Naval Forces Marianas (COMNAVMARIANAS)
  1944-1949, Naval Petroleum Office (NAVPETOFF), Naval Supply Systems Command
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1914-1914 US Occupation of Veracruz
  1917-1918 World War I
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings/Battle of Savo Island
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1909-1912, United States Naval Academy
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jun 08, 1915, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Aug 31, 1917, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Jul 12, 1922, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Apr 05, 1933, Promoted to Commander
  Jul 01, 1939, Promoted to Captain
  Nov 02, 1945, Promoted to Commodore
 Military Association Memberships
New York CommanderyUnited States Navy Memorial
  1940, Naval Order of the United States, New York Commandery (Member) (New York)
  2019, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
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