Lacy Jr., Paul Lindsay, 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
Service Years
1942 - 1973
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Order of the Arctic Circle (Bluenose)
Order of the Spanish Main
Order of the Shellback
Order of the Golden Dragon
Panama Canal
Plank Owner
Polaris Certificate
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Contact Info
Home Town
Last Address
Cohasset, MA

Date of Passing
Jul 14, 2013
Location of Interment
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin US Navy Retired 30

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Order of the Arctic Circle (Bluenose) Cold War Medal Order of the Golden Dragon

 Military Association Memberships
United States Naval Academy Alumni AssociationSubmarine Veterans of WW IIBowfin Base
  1942, United States Naval Academy Alumni Association - Assoc. Page
  1973, Submarine Veterans of WW II
  1997, United States Submarine Veterans, Inc. (USSVI), Bowfin Base (Member) (Hawaii) [Verified] - Chap. Page

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Last Known Activity
Paul L. Lacy Jr., Rear Admiral, USN (Ret.), of Cohasset, MA died peacefully on July 14, 2013. Born August 2, 1920 in Dallas, TX, Paul was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Class of 1942, and later received a Master of Science in Applied Physics from UCLA. He first served on the USS Cleveland (CL-55), participating in the North African Invasion and the Solomon Islands Campaign. After volunteering for submarine service, he was graduated from the U.S. Naval Submarine School in Groton, CT on April 1, 1944 and was ordered to new construction of the USS Sea Cat (SS-399) on which he made four war patrols. Paul was a representative on the USS Missouri (BB-63) at the signing of the surrender on September 2, 1945. He went on to command two diesel powered submarines, the USS Guitarro (SS-363) and the USS Pickeral (SS-524) prior to being selected amongst the first group of commanding officers of fleet ballistic missile nuclear submarines, commanding the Blue Crew of the USS Ethan Allen (SSBN- 608). He was promoted to Rear Admiral in July, 1967 and served as Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet from 1970 to 1972. Paul retired from the U.S. Navy in March, 1973. Amongst his medals and awards are the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with Combat "V" and Gold Star, the Navy Commendation Medal with Gold Star, and the Navy Unit Commendation Medal with Gold Star. He continued to serve the public after retirement from the navy in the Hawaii State Constitutional Convention in 1978 and was elected to serve two terms in the Hawaii State House of Representatives. Later he was instrumental in the development of the USS Bowfin Museum in Pearl Harbor, which is dedicated to the Pacific Fleet submariners of World War II. Paul was the husband of his beloved late Katherine M. Kerley of Honolulu, HI and is survived by his children William Lacy and his wife Martha of Gales Ferry, CT, Sheryl Lacy Anderson and her husband Michael of Cohasset, MA, Craig Lacy and his wife Marggy of Clarendon Hills, IL, Jon Lacy of Mesa, AZ, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Admiral Lacy will join his wife, Kay, in burial at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, HI at a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in his memory to St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Cohasset, MA 02025 or to the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum, 11 Arizona Memorial Drive, Honolulu, HI 96818. For an online guest book, please visit 781-383-0200

Published in The Patriot Ledger on July 19, 2013
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It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Rear Admiral Paul L. Lacy, Jr., on Sunday, 14 July 2013, in Massachusetts.  RADM Lacy was COMSUBPAC from 1970 to 1972 and the last WWII submarine skipper to hold that position.  His daughter conveyed that he considered his command at COMSUBPAC the best throughout his career.  Interment services will be held in Hawaii at the National Memorial Cemetery of
the Pacific at Puowaina (Punchbowl Crater) in November

Rear Admiral Paul L. Lacy, a native of Dallas, Texas, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1943 and attained the rank of Rear Admiral in July, 1967. After duty aboard the USS Cleveland, he served aboard the submarine USS Sea Cat in the closing days of World War II. He has commanded three submarines USS Guitarro, USS Pickerel and the nuclear-powered Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarine USS Ethan Allen. Prior to SUBPAC, RADM Lacy was assigned as Manager, Later Design Attack
Submarine Project in Washington, D.C. Lacy assumed the duties of Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet on October 13, 1970.

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Submarine Officer Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 4 Patrols
Command Ashore
Command at Sea

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Cleveland (CL-55)Submarine School Officers Basic CourseUSS Sea Cat (SS-399)USS Baya (AGSS-318)
US NavyUSS Entemedor (SS-340)USS Guitarro (SS-363)USS Pickerel (SS-524)
Bureau of OrdnanceNaval ReactorsUSS Ethan Allen (SSBN-608)Headquarters, NSA Danang, Vietnam, NSA Danang, Vietnam
  1942-1943, 110X, USS Cleveland (CL-55)
  1943-1944, 117X, Submarine School Officers Basic Course
  1944-1945, 112X, USS Sea Cat (SS-399)
  1949-1950, 112X, USS Baya (AGSS-318)
  1951-1952, 112X, Submarine Division 51
  1951-1952, 112X, USS Entemedor (SS-340)
  1952-1953, 112X, Pacific Coast Torpedo Station, Keyport, WA
  1953-1954, 112X, USS Guitarro (SS-363)
  1954-1956, 112X, USS Pickerel (SS-524)
  1956-1958, 112X, Bureau of Ordnance
  1959-1960, 112X, Naval Reactors Arlington, VA
  1960-1964, 112X, USS Ethan Allen (SSBN-608)
  1964-1965, 112X, Bureau of Naval Weapons
  1965-1966, 112X, Bureau of Naval Weapons Special Projects Office
  1966-1969, 111X, Headquarters, NSA Danang, Vietnam, NSA Danang, Vietnam
  1969-1970, 112X, Navy Material Command (NAVMAT)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Battle of the Eastern Solomons
  1942-1942 Algeria-French Morocco Campaign (1942)/Operation Torch
  1944-1944 Submarine War Patrols
  1945-1945 Submarine War Patrols
  1945-1945 Submarine War Patrols
  1945-1945 Submarine War Patrols
  1950-1953 Korean War
  1960-1973 Vietnam War
  1961-1961 Deployment - SSBN Deterrent Patrol #1
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyNational War CollegeUniversity of California, Los Angeles
  1938-1942, United States Naval Academy
  1958-1959, National War College
  1960-1962, University of California, Los Angeles
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