POMEROY, Joseph, RADM

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1943-1945, USS Harry Lee (AP-17)
Service Years
1918 - 1947
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Decommissioning
Iwo Jima
Order of the Rock
Order of the Shellback
Panama Canal
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1889
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
born in San Francisco raised in Seattle, Wash.
Last Address
Burial:
Calvary Cemetery
Seattle
King County
Washington, US

Date of Passing
Aug 30, 1984
 
Location of Interment
Calvary Cemetery - Seattle, Washington
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin US Navy Retired 30


 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Golden Dragon Blue Star






 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
JOSEPH GEORGE POMEROY
Rear Admiral
J. G. Pomeroy was born in San Francisco on February 12, 1889. At a young age he moved with his family to Seattle, Washington. He entered the Navy reserve in 1918 and attended the Naval School of Engineering in Seattle. In 1919 he married Marie Doyle. In 1920 he entered the regular Navy as an ensign. Marie died in 1921, shortly after giving birth to their son, George Edward Pomeroy.  

In 1928 he married Josephine Thompson, having met her at a White House State Dinner. They had three children, Mary Elizabeth in 1930, Corbin Thompson in 1932 and David Gilbert in 1936. 

Mr. Pomeroy stayed in the navy and worked his way up the ranks. He was promoted to Lieutenant Commander in 1939 and Commander in 1939 and Commander in 1940.  He took over command of the USS Harry Lee, from Commander Loomis, in March of 1943.

He was awarded the Legion of Merit for his performance at the invasion of Sicily. On his 56th birthday, 2/12/1945, he was relieved of command of the USS Harry Lee.  

His next command was of the USS Dauntless in Washington D.C., the flagship for the Chief of Naval Operations. At that time he held the rank of “Captain under temporary appointment”. He assisted with it’s decommissioning in 1946, and then requested retirement.  On January 8th, 1947, he received a letter from the Secretary of the Navy transferring him to the retirement list with the permanent rank of Captain. On 1/22/1947 he received a second letter stating “Having been specially commended by the head of the Executive Office for performance of duty in actual combat with the enemy, you were, when placed on he retired list, advanced to the rank of Rear Admiral”.  

After he retired, Mr. Pomeroy moved with his daughter and youngest son David to Redlands, California, where he bought a small orange grove and became a “gentleman farmer”.  For many years he was active in civic duties and sat on many boards.  He was a member of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, active in the American Legion and the local camera club. For many years, one of his photographs was displayed in the lobby of the Eastman Kodak Company in NYC.  He also worked with a local agronomist on experiments in citrus husbandry.  In his retirement Mr. Pomeroy enjoyed traveling, salmon fishing, and was never without his camera, taking photos wherever he went.  At his death in 1984, at age 96, Mr. Pomeroy had four children, nine grandchildren and several great grandchildren. 
   
Other Comments:
During World War II USS Harry Lee was first assigned to the European Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater participating in the following campaigns:
 
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
 
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
Sicilian occupation 
Scoglitti, 10 to 12 July 1943
Gilbert Islands operation 
Tarawa, 20 to 21 November 1943
  Marshall Islands operation 
Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, 31 January to 5 February 1944
  Hollandia operation, 23 April 1944
  Marianas operation 
Capture and occupation of Guam, 21 to 25 July 1944
  Luzon operation 
Lingayen Gulf landings, 9 to 10 January 1945
  Iwo Jima operation 
Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 3 February to 6 March 1945

   
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 Duty Stations
Commander Navy Reserve Forces Command (COMNAVRESFORCOM)US NavyUSS Texas (BB-35)Professional Schools and Courses
NAS Anacostia
  1918-1920, NRTC Seattle WA
  1923-1923, USS Hart (DD-110)
  1924-1924, USS Hart (DD-110)
  1925-1926, USS Kanawha (AO-1)
  1927-1929, Bureau of Engineering
  1931-1932, USS Texas (BB-35)
  1933-1934, Electrical Interior Communications Course
  1934-1935, NSY Brooklyn
  1935-1936, NAS Anacostia
  1936-1937, Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center (NFESC)/Det Navy Yard Washington
  1939-1939, New York
  1943-1945, USS Harry Lee (AP-17)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Sicily Campaign (1943)
  1943-1943 Gilbert Islands Operation/Battle of Tarawa
  1943-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Marshall Islands Operation
  1943-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)
  1943-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Guam
  1944-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Iwo Jima Operation
 Colleges Attended 
Seattle University
  1918-1920, Seattle University
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