Shear, Harold Edson, ADM

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1977-1980, 112X, Allied Forces Southern Europe (AFSE), Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers in Europe (SHAPE)
Service Years
1941 - 1980

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Shear, Harold Edson (17th Vice Chief of Naval Operations), ADM USN(Ret).
Contact Info
Home Town
New York City, New York
Last Address
Groton Long Point, Connecticut

Date of Passing
Feb 01, 1999
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Sec: 59, Site: 2094-1

 Official Badges 

US European Command Allied Joint Force Command South US Navy Retired 30

 Unofficial Badges 

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Since his father died before he was born, Shear was raised in the 1920s and 1930s largely by his stepfather, the skipper of a menhaden fishing ship. The youngster thus developed an early love for the sea. He graduated the Naval Academy shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, then served in both the Atlantic and Pacific on board the destroyer Stack (DD-406). Following submarine school in the early months of 1944, he served to the end of the war in the Sawfish (SS-276). Postwar duty was at the Submarine Administrative Command, San Francisco, as executive officer of the Becuna (SS-319), on the staff of ComSubPac, and in the Bureau of Naval Personnel. In the early 1950s he was executive officer under skipper Ned Beach in the new fast attack submarine Trigger (SS-564). Subsequently Shear commanded the Becuna, was a student at the Armed Forces Staff College, participated in a 1956 nuclear weapons war game while serving in the Strategic Plans Division (OP-60) of OpNav, and was a member of the staff of Commander Submarine Squadron Two. He underwent training for the Navy's nuclear power program in preparation for serving as first blue crew CO of the ballistic missile submarine Patrick Henry (SSBN-599). He later had Polaris duty on the CinCLant staff, studied at the National War College, and commanded the fast combat support ship Sacramento (AOE-1). As a flag officer, he chief of the U.S. naval mission in Brazil, Director of the Submarine Warfare Division (OP-31) in OpNav, Director, Antisubmarine Warfare and Tactical Electromagnetic Programs (OP-095), Commander in Chief U.S. Naval Forces Europe, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, and NATO Commander in Chief Allied Forces Southern Europe. After his retirement from active duty in 1980 he worked in the civilian maritime industry and served from 1981 to 1985, during the Reagan Administration, as civilian administrator of the U.S. Maritime Administration.

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

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavySubmarine School Officers Basic CourseUSS Sawfish (SS-276)COMNAVSUBFOR
USS Becuna (SS-319)Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)USS Trigger (SS-564)CNO - OPNAV
USS Patrick Henry (SSBN-599)USCINCLANTNational War CollegeUSS Sacramento (AOE-1)
Commander Naval Forces Europe/Commander Naval Forces Africa (COMNAVEUR/COMNAVAF)Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO), CNO - OPNAVAllied Forces Southern Europe (AFSE), Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers in Europe (SHAPE)
  1941-1944, 110X, USS Stack (DD-406)
  1944-1944, 117X, Submarine School Officers Basic Course
  1944-1946, 112X, USS Sawfish (SS-276)
  1949-1951, 112X, USS Becuna (SS-319)
  1952-1953, 112X, Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)
  1954-1954, 112X, USS Trigger (SS-564)
  1955-1956, 112X, USS Becuna (SS-319)
  1956-1956, 112X, OP-60, CNO - OPNAV
  1956-1956, 112X, OP-60, CNO - OPNAV
  1960-1962, 112X, USS Patrick Henry (SSBN-599)
  1962-1964, 112X, USCINCLANT
  1966-1967, 112X, National War College
  1967-1969, 112X, USS Sacramento (AOE-1)
  1969-1971, 112X, CNO - OPNAV
  1971-1974, 112X, Commander Naval Forces Europe/Commander Naval Forces Africa (COMNAVEUR/COMNAVAF)
  1975-1977, 112X, Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO), CNO - OPNAV
  1977-1980, 112X, Allied Forces Southern Europe (AFSE), Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers in Europe (SHAPE)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1967-1969 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyArmed Forces Staff CollegeNational War College
  1938-1941, United States Naval Academy
  1954-1955, Armed Forces Staff College
  1971-1972, National War College
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