Ghormley, Ralph M., RADM

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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Primary NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1976-1983, 112X, Commander Naval Telecommunications Command (COMNAVTELCOM)
Service Years
1945 - 1983
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club
Order of the Rock
Order of the Spanish Main
Order of the Shellback
Order of the Golden Dragon
Panama Canal
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Rear Admiral Upper Half
Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Contact Info
Home Town
Last Address
McLean, VA

Date of Passing
Oct 07, 2012
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin US Navy Retired 30

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback US Navy Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club

Order of the Golden Dragon

 Military Association Memberships
United States Naval Academy Alumni AssociationHampton Roads BasePost 8241, Mc Lean Post
  1949, United States Naval Academy Alumni Association - Assoc. Page
  1983, United States Submarine Veterans, Inc. (USSVI), Hampton Roads Base (Member) (Hampton Roads, Virginia) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  1983, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 8241, Mc Lean Post (Member) (Mc Lean, Virginia) - Chap. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
U.S. Navy (Ret.)

Died on October 7, 2012 in Northern, VA. He was born 10 July 1927 in Boston, MA. After graduation with the US Naval Academy class of 1949, he held several commands including USS Scorpion, and US Naval Base Guantanamo Bay. Upon retirement, Ralph served in; Saint Andrew's Society; American Legion; USN Class of 1949; Order of the Carabao; Returned Services League; and docent at USN National Museum. He is survived by his wife Marlene; sister Betty Baker; daughter Ruth Hieneman; and son Ralph Ghormley. A celebration of life service to be announced. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.
Other Comments:
Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret). Graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1949.

Raised in Rochester, MN, Ralph entered the U.S. Naval Academy in 1945, graduated with the Class of 1949 in June, received a Bachelor of Science degree, and was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy. He served aboard USS ORLECK (DD-866) for 18 months before attending Submarine School.

From 1951-55, he served in the submarines SEA FOX and HARDHEAD. In 1957 after completing post graduate education in Command Communications, he served on the Staff of Commander Submarine Squadron Five and in the submarines RATON, and SEA FOX. After completing Nuclear Power Training in 1961, he reported to the BARB (SSN-596) as Executive Officer. In 1963 he assumed command of the nuclear attack submarine SCORPION (SSN-589) and while so serving, he was twice awarded the Navy Commendation Medal for outstanding performance of duty. In August 1965 he assumed command of the Polaris submarine SAM RAYBURN (SSBN-636), after which he commanded Submarine Division Fifty-Three for one year before his assignment as PCO, L.Y. SPEAR (AS-36).

In 1971, he was assigned as Deputy Chief of Staff, Logistics Management on the staff of Commander, Submarine Force, U. S. Atlantic Fleet. In June 1973, he was designated as Rear Admiral while providing Naval Control of Shipping support for the Commander, U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In 1975, he was assigned as the Deputy Commander, Planning, Programming and Resources Management Directorate of the Naval Electronic Systems Command in Washington, DC.

In 1976, RADM Ghormley was assigned as Deputy Director, Operations for the Defense Communications Agency in Washington. Following this tour, he briefly served as an Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, before assignment as the Commander, Naval Telecommunications Command, Washington, DC. He retired from the Navy on 1 October 1983.

RADM Ghormley's awards include the Legion of Merit with Gold Star (in lieu of second award), the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal with one Gold Star (in lieu of the second award), the Navy Expeditionary Medal, the China Service Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal with "ASIA" Clasp, the National Defense Medal with one Bronze Star (in lieu of second award), the Korean Service Medal, and the United Nations Service Medal. He also received various other awards, letters of commendation and appreciation.

After retiring from Naval Service in 1983, RADM Ghormley pursued interests in the Defense Industry around Washington, DC, until his final retirement in 1994.

At the time of his death from a heart attack, he lived in Mc Lean, VA.

Rear Admiral Ghormley was predeceased by his first wife, Sara (McKnight). He later married, and is survived by his wife, Marlene, the widow of his USNA classmate, Frank Sherman. Also surviving are: sister, Betty Baker; children of his first marriage, daughter Ruth Hienerman, son Ralph; and two grandchildren.

Ralph's retirement years were spent in service to the Class of 1949 as President for 5 years and the last 14 years as Class Secretary, in addition to associated tasks. His other service was in: St Andrews Society, American Legion, Order of the Carabao, Returned Services League, and as a Docent at the U.S. Navy Museum.

A celebration of life will be held at a time to be announced. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Ralph's memory to a charity of your choice.
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Submarine Officer Badge
SSBN Deterrent Patrol Badge - 5 Patrols
Command at Sea
Command Ashore

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Orleck (DD-886)USS Sea Fox (SS-402)USS Hardhead (SS-365)COMSUBDEVRON 5, COMSUBPAC
USS Raton (SS-270)Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) (Staff)USS Barb (SSN-596)USS Scorpion (SSN-589)
USS Sam Rayburn (SSBN-635)US NavyUSS L.Y. Spear (AS-36)Commander Submarine Force (COMSUBFOR), COMNAVSUBFOR
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, SATCOMMDETCommander Naval Telecommunications Command (COMNAVTELCOM)
  1949-1950, 111X, USS Orleck (DD-886)
  1951-1952, 112X, USS Sea Fox (SS-402)
  1952-1955, 112X, USS Hardhead (SS-365)
  1957-1958, 112X, COMSUBDEVRON 5, COMSUBPAC
  1958-1959, 112X, USS Raton (SS-270)
  1959-1960, 112X, USS Sea Fox (SS-402)
  1960-1961, 112X, Nuclear Power School (Staff), Bainbridge, MD, Naval Nuclear Power Training Command (NNPTC)
  1962-1963, 112X, USS Barb (SSN-596)
  1963-1965, 112X, USS Scorpion (SSN-589)
  1965-1968, 112X, USS Sam Rayburn (SSBN-635)
  1968-1969, 112X, Submarine Division 3
  1970-1971, USS L.Y. Spear (AS-36)
  1971-1973, 112X, Commander Submarine Force (COMSUBFOR), COMNAVSUBFOR
  1973-1975, 112X, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, SATCOMMDET
  1976-1983, 112X, Commander Naval Telecommunications Command (COMNAVTELCOM)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1952-1953 Korean War/Third Korean Winter (1952-53)
  1965-1965 Deployment - SSBN Deterrent Patrol #1
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1945-1949, United States Naval Academy
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