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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
1955-1957, Naval Military Personnel Command (NMPC)
Service Years
1915 - 1957
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Iwo Jima
Panama Canal
Plank Owner
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by Steven Loomis (SaigonShipyard), IC3 to remember MOCKRISH, John Joseph, RADM USN(Ret).

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Contact Info
Home Town
Mechanicsville, NJ
Last Address
Westfield, Union County, New Jersey since 1941.

Date of Passing
Feb 20, 1979
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: Section 11 Lot 733-2

 Official Badges 

US Merchant Marine Service WW II Honorable Discharge Pin US Navy Retired 30 World War I Victory Button

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback US Navy Honorable Discharge US Naval Reserve Honorable Discharge Order of the Golden Dragon

 Military Association Memberships
Post 3Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)
  1949, American Legion, Post 3 (Recorder) (Westfield, New Jersey) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  1979, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Command at Sea

 Duty Stations
US NavyUSS Arizona (BB-39)<B>US Merchant Marine (USMM)</b>Military Sea Transportation Service
CNO - OPNAVNaval Military Personnel Command (NMPC)
  1915-1916, SA-0000, USS Montana (ACR-13)
  1916-1917, SA-0000, USS Arizona (BB-39)
  1917-1919, BM-0000, USS St. Louis (CA-18)
  1919-1941, 166X, US Merchant Marine (USMM)
  1941-1944, Military Sea Transportation Service
  1943-1944, CTF 52/COMCMRON FIVE
  1943-1944, 111X, USS Sheridan (APA-51)
  1944-1945, 111X, USS Queens (APA-103)
  1947-1955, 111X, CNO - OPNAV/Merchant Marine Reserve Operational Command (MMROC)
  1949-1951, 3rd Naval District
  1952-1954, 12th Naval District
  1955-1957, Naval Military Personnel Command (NMPC)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1917-1918 World War I/Atlantic Convoy1
  1942-1942 Algeria-French Morocco Campaign (1942)/Operation Torch
  1943-1943 Gilbert Islands Operation/Battle of Tarawa
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Iwo Jima Operation
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Feb 20, 1979, Obituary: Rear Admiral John Joseph Mockrish3
  Oct 14, 2013, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Admiral Mockrish began his career in the Navy in 1915 and served on the USS Montana, Arizona and St. Louis as coxswain(ship's steersman) and gun crew (captain). Between the wars he became a Merchant Mariner serving with several American freight and passenger lines including the United States Line. By 1928 he was First Officer, then Chief Officer and held a Master Mariner's Certificate. 

Mockrish was recalled to active service, USNR, in April 1941 and carried troops and supplies to Iceland on the Orizaba and also participated in other Atlantic and African campigns.

As commander of the attack transport Sheridan, Admiral Mockrish took part in assults on Tarawa, Guam and other Pacific islands. As captain, he commanded the USS Queens in the landing at Iwo Jima. He was awarded the Bronze Star with combat "V". 

After the war he served as the Navy's Merchant Marine Reserve Field Representative in New York (3rd Naval District) and in San Francisco (12th Naval District). H also served on Officer Selection Boards in Washington and retired in 1957. 
Other Comments:
Rear Admiral John J. Mockrish was a life member of the Retired Officers Association, the Marine Society of New York, a 30-year member of the American Legion, and a member of the Masters, Mates and Pilots Association. During his years at sea he sailed the equivalent of 80 times around the world. 

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