Service Photo   Service Details
72 kb
View Time Line
Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Primary NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1979-1981, CNO - OPNAV/Office of the Oceanographer of the Navy (N84)
Service Years
1944 - 1981
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Panama Canal
Plank Owner
Polaris Certificate
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Rear Admiral Upper Half

 Last Photo   Personal Details 

194 kb

Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by Steven Loomis (SaigonShipyard), IC3 to remember WILLIAMS, Ross, RADM.

If you knew or served with this Sailor and have additional information or photos to support this Page, please leave a message for the Page Administrator(s) HERE.
Contact Info
Home Town
Bronx, New York
Last Address
Arlington National Cemetery

Date of Passing
Sep 18, 2011
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Office of the Secretary of Defense US Navy Retired 30

 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge

 Military Association Memberships
United States Naval Academy Alumni AssociationNaval Submarine League
  1951, United States Naval Academy Alumni Association - Assoc. Page
  1955, Naval Submarine League1

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Rear Admiral Ross Norman Williams
Oceanographer of the U.S. Navy

RADM Ross Norman Williams passed away on September 18, 2011 in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  He was born on Friday the 13th of May 1927, in the Bronx, New York to Harry Howard and Ruth Marie (Hanson) Williams. Ross grew up in New York City and always loved the sea and sailing from an early age.  He logged his first sea time taking many trips on the Staten Island ferry to study navigation while in high school.  He also enjoyed summers and sailing as a youth at the family summer home on Candlewood Lake in Connecticut.

Admiral Williams comes from many generations of seafaring men and was inspired by his uncles to take up a life on the sea. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on October 5, 1944, at the age of seventeen and launched an amazing career.  After attending the Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS), he entered the U.S. Naval Academy; via a fleet appointment, on June 17, 1947 and graduated with the Class of 1951 on June 1, 1951. His fellow classmates described him in the "Lucky Bag" as being a sailor from the time of "iron men and wooden ships".  He twice skippered the USNA yawl "Royono", including winning the iconic Newport to Bermuda yacht race. 

Following graduation, Admiral Williams served on the escort destroyer USS NORRIS (DD-859).  He then attended submarine school and served on the USS HALFBEAK (SS-352).  His next tour of duty was on USS ALBACORE (AGSS-569); the hydrodynamic prototype; from which all the Navy's modern nuclear-powered submarines have evolved.  While stationed at the Submarine base in Groton Connecticut, he met Helen June (Willis), who was the first professional librarian to manage the Submarine Base library, in Groton, Connecticut. They were married at the U.S. Naval Submarine Base, New London (Groton), Connecticut, on the 11th of February 1955.

Admiral Williams was selected for postgraduate studies in Oceanography at the University of Washington in Seattle, followed by a new construction assignment as engineer of the USS BARBEL (SS-580).  He then attended Advanced Nuclear Power School in New London, Connecticut, and the A1W Prototype at the Naval Reactor Facility, Idaho Falls, Idaho.  He was then assigned to the USS SEAWOLF (SSN-575) and then as Executive Officer of the USS HENRY CLAY (SSBN-625)(Blue). After completing the Prospective Commanding Officer Training at NAVSEA in Washington, D.C., he was assigned as Commanding Officer of the USS BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (SSBN-640) (Gold) and Commanding Officer of the USS TECUMSEH (SSBN-628) (Blue).   His next assignment was in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, in Washington, D.C., as the Undersea Long Range Missile System (ULMS)(OP-97C)/Trident Program Coordinator, Head Trident Program Coordination Branch (OP-315/-211), and then as Commanding Officer of the USS L. Y. SPEAR (AS-36), in Norfolk, Virginia. 

Admiral Williams was promoted to the flag rank on May 13, 1975 and assigned to the Office of the Secretary of Defense as Military Deputy for Strategic and Space Systems, Defense Research and Engineering (DDR&E/USDRE), Washington, D.C., followed by his final posting as the Oceanographer of the Navy and Deputy to the Administrator of NOAA, DOC, Washington, D.C.  

Admiral Williams' awards include: Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with two gold stars for second and third award, Meritorious Service Medal and a Meritorious Unit Commendation plus other theater and service awards. He retired from the Navy on August 31, 1981.
Other Comments:

 Photo Album   (More...

 Ribbon Bar
Submarine Officer Badge
SSBN Deterrent Patrol Badge - 5 Patrols
Command at Sea

 Duty Stations
Naval Academy Prep School (Faculty Staff) Newport, RIUS Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)USS Norris (DD-859)Submarine School Officers Basic
Submarine School (diesel)USS Halfbeak (SS-352)USS Albacore (AGSS-569)NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
Naval Postgraduate School (Faculty Staff)USS Barbel (SS-580)Naval Nuclear Power Training Command (NNPTC)/Nuclear Power School (Staff), Bainbridge, MDNaval Reactors
USS Seawolf (SSN-575)USS Henry Clay (SSBN-625)School Assignments - StaffUSS Benjamin Franklin (SSBN-640)
USS Tecumseh (SSBN-628)CNO - OPNAVUSS L.Y. Spear (AS-36)Office of the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF)
CNO - OPNAV/Office of the Oceanographer of the Navy (N84)
  1946-1947, Naval Academy Prep School (Faculty Staff) Newport, RI
  1947-1951, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1951-1952, USS Norris (DD-859)
  1952-1952, Submarine School Officers Basic
  1952-1952, Submarine School (diesel)
  1952-1953, USS Halfbeak (SS-352)
  1953-1954, USS Albacore (AGSS-569)
  1954-1955, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1956-1957, Naval Postgraduate School (Faculty Staff)
  1958-1960, USS Barbel (SS-580)
  1960-1961, Naval Nuclear Power Training Command (NNPTC)/Nuclear Power School (Staff), Bainbridge, MD
  1961-1962, Naval Reactors
  1962-1963, USS Seawolf (SSN-575)
  1964-1965, USS Henry Clay (SSBN-625)
  1965-1965, Submarine Prospective Commanding Officer
  1965-1967, USS Benjamin Franklin (SSBN-640)
  1967-1969, USS Tecumseh (SSBN-628)
  1970-1973, CNO - OPNAV/Deputy Chief of Naval Operations
  1973-1975, USS L.Y. Spear (AS-36)
  1975-1978, Office of the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF)
  1979-1981, CNO - OPNAV/Office of the Oceanographer of the Navy (N84)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyUniversity of Washington
  1947-1951, United States Naval Academy
  1956-1957, University of Washington
Copyright Togetherweserved.com Inc 2003-2011