Baumberger, Walter Harlen, VADM

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Last Rank
Vice Admiral
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1972-1974, 6th Naval District
Service Years
1934 - 1974
Vice Admiral
Vice Admiral

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Home State
West Virginia
West Virginia
Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
McMechen, WV
Last Address
Carthage, NC

Date of Passing
Feb 10, 1995
Location of Interment
Annapolis National Cemetery - Annapolis, Maryland
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 30

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
United States Navy Memorial
  2020, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

US Navy Vice Admiral. Baumberger was assigned to the USS New York early in his career as a Lieutenant JG and in World War II he was the Commanding Officer of the destroyer USS English DD-696 from April of 1945 through May of 1946. He was also the Commanding Officer of the USS Canberra CAG2 on it's world cruise in 1960. Baumberger was appointed the Commander Cruiser/Destroyer Force in the Pacific as well as Commander of the U.S. Taiwan Defense Force from August 1970 to September, 1972. He lastly was the Deputy Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet and Commandant of the 6th Naval District, Charleston Navy Yard.
Other Comments:

Bronze Star with Combat "V"
Awarded for actions during the World War II

"For meritorious service as Commanding Officer of the USS ENGLISH in operations against enemy Japanese forces in the Pacific Area from April 30 to September 2, 1945…Commander Bumberger directed his ship's participation in operations at Okinawa, Fast Carrier Strikes on the Japanese homeland, and, as part of a support unit, in the occupation of Japan. Displaying outstanding skill in evading and driving off numerous enemy air attacks and successfully carrying out those hazardous assignments without damage to his ship, he materially contributed to many successful bombardment missions and the possible sinking of an enemy submarine… His actions were at all times in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

Action Date: April 30 to September 2, 1945
Service: Navy
Rank: Commander
Company: Commanding Officer
Division: U.S.S. English (DD-696)
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyUS Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)USS English (DD-696)USS Gainard (DD-706)
USS Missouri (BB-63)Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)Naval War College (Staff)CNO - OPNAV
USS Truckee (AO-147)Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)USS Canberra (CAG-2)Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Force, Pacific Fleet
  1934-1938, USS Pennsylvania (BB-38)
  1938-1939, USS Hovey (DD-208)
  1939-1939, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1939-1943, USS New York (BB-34)
  1943-1945, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1945-1946, USS English (DD-696)
  1946-1946, USS Gainard (DD-706)
  1946-1948, USS Missouri (BB-63)
  1948-1951, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1951-1953, Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
  1954-1955, Naval War College (Staff)
  1955-1957, CNO - OPNAV
  1957-1958, USS Truckee (AO-147)
  1958-1960, Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)
  1960-1960, USS Canberra (CAG-2)
  1960-1963, Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Force, Pacific Fleet
  1963-1963, COMCRUDESFLOT 3
  1963-1965, DCNO (Operations), Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO)
  1965-1967, COMCRUDESPAC
  1967-1970, US Pacific Command (USCINCPAC/USPACOM)
  1970-1972, US-Taiwan Defense Command (USTDC)
  1972-1974, 6th Naval District
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1939-1941 Neutrality Operations in the North Atlantic
  1942-1942 Algeria-French Morocco Campaign (1942)/Operation Torch
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyNaval War College
  1930-1934, United States Naval Academy
  1954-1955, Naval War College
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  May 31, 1934, Commissioned as Ensign
  May 31, 1937, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Jul 01, 1941, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Mar 01, 1943, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Feb 01, 1944, Promoted to Commander
  Jul 01, 1953, Promoted to Captain
  Jul 01, 1962, Promoted to Rear Admiral
  Mar 17, 1967, Promoted to Vice Admiral
  Jan 13, 2014, General Photos2
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