Loomis, Donald Wood, RADM

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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Primary NEC
00X-Unknown NOC/Designator
Last Rating/NEC Group
Rating/NEC Group Unknown
Primary Unit
1946-1949, University of North Carolina NROTC (Cadre)
Service Years
1917 - 1949
Rear Admiral Upper Half
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Home Town
Milwaukee, WI
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Date of Passing
Aug 04, 1958
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
30 448

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Donald Wood Loomis was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on 15 July 1895, son of Fred W. and Mrs. Jane O. (Goss) Loomis. He attended West Division High School in Milwaukee, and in 1914 entered the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, on appointment from his native state. He was graduated with the class of 1918 on 20 June 1917 (course accelerated due to national emergency) and was commissioned Ensign from that date. Through subsequent advancement he attained the rank of Captain to rank from 14 June 1942, and served in the temporary rank of Commodore from 20 October 1944 until 16 September 1945. On 30 June 1949, he was transferred to the Retired List of the US Navy and advanced to the rank of Rear Admiral, on the basis of combat awards.

In addition to the Legion of Merit with four Gold Stars in lieu of additional similar awards, each with Combat 'V,' and the Bronze Star Medal with Combat 'V,' Rear Admiral Loomis had the Victory Medal, Escort Clasp (World War One); the Yangzte Service Medal; American Defense Service Medal, Fleet Clasp; European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with operation stars; World War II Victory Medal; and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon.
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyUSS Mississippi (BB-41)NAS PensacolaUS Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
Naval Observatory, CNO - OPNAVNROTC (Staff)
  1917-1918, USS San Diego (ACR/CA-6)
  1918-1919, USS Powhatan (ATF-166)
  1919-1921, USS Mississippi (BB-41)
  1921-1921, NAS Pensacola
  1921-1922, USS Bancroft (DD-256)
  1922-1923, USS Macleish (DD-220)
  1923-1923, USS Overton (DD-239)
  1923-1925, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1925-1926, USS Huron (CA-9)
  1926-1928, USS Palos (PR-1)
  1928-1930, NTS, San Diego CA
  1930-1933, USS Kittery (AK-2)
  1934-1935, Naval Training Station (Staff) Norfolk, VA
  1935-1936, USS Memphis (CL-13)
  1936-1937, USS Twiggs (DD-127)
  1937-1938, USS Monaghan (DD-354)
  1938-1941, 6th Naval District
  1941-1941, USS Pensacola (CA-24)
  1942-1943, USS Harry Lee (AP-17)
  1945-1945, Naval Observatory, CNO - OPNAV
  1946-1949, University of North Carolina NROTC (Cadre)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1917-1918 World War I
  1926-1928 Yangtze River Operations
  1943-1943 Sicily Campaign (1943)/Opertion Huskey
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Eniwetok Atoll (Operation Catchpole)
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Angaur
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyNaval War College
  1913-1917, United States Naval Academy
  1933-1934, Naval War College
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jul 01, 1917, Commissioned as Ensign
  Jul 01, 1920, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Nov 01, 1930, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Jun 02, 1938, Promoted to Commander
  Jun 14, 1942, Promoted to Captain
  Oct 20, 1944, Promoted to Vice Admiral (temporary)
  Sep 16, 1945, Reverted to Captain
  Jun 30, 1949, Retired and Promoted to Rear Admiral
  Aug 04, 1958, Bio: Donald Wood Loomis
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