Kearns, Francis, CWO3

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Last Rank
Chief Warrant Officer 3
Last Service Branch
Repair Technician
Last Primary NEC
714X-Warrant Officer - Repair Technician
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1958-1960, DC-0000, USS Newport News (CA-148)
Service Years
1939 - 1961
Repair Technician
Chief Warrant Officer 3

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Contact Info
Home Town
Fall River, MA
Last Address
Epping Forest, Tasmania, Australia

Date of Passing
Apr 23, 2015
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
54 1240

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US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Arctic Circle (Bluenose)

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1939, Recruit Training (Newport, RI)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyUSS Mount Olympus (AGC-8)Amphibious Force Flagship (AGC)USS Missouri (BB-63)
USS Cabot (CVL-28)USS Pandemus (ARL-18)USS Newport News (CA-148)
  1939-1940, AS-0000, USS Constellation (1854) Sloop of War
  1940-1940, AS-0000, USS Wyoming (AG-17)
  1940-1941, SF-0000, USS New York (BB-34)
  1941-1945, SF-0000, USS North Carolina (BB-55)
  1946-1947, SF-0000, USS Mount Olympus (AGC-8)
  1947-1949, SF-0000, USS Fargo (CL-106)
  1949-1950, SF-0000, USS Adirondack (AGC-15)
  1950-1951, SF-0000, USS Missouri (BB-63)
  1953-1955, DC-0000, USS Cabot (CVL-28)
  1956-1958, DC-0000, USS Pandemus (ARL-18)
  1958-1960, DC-0000, USS Newport News (CA-148)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings/Battle of Savo Island
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Battle of the Eastern Solomons
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Makin Raid
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)
  1943-1943 Gilbert Islands Operation/Battle of Tarawa
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Kwajalein Atoll (Operation Flintlock)
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Roi-Namur Island
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Saipan
  1944-1944 Asiatic-Pacific Specified Raids (1944)/Formosa Air Battle
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Leyte Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 Luzon Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Mindoro
  1945-1945 Luzon Campaign (1944-45)/Invasion of Lingayen Gulf
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Iwo Jima Operation
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
  1946-1947 Operation Highjump
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Sep 01, 1941, Promoted to SF2
  Feb 01, 1943, Promoted to SF1
  Mar 07, 1945, Promoted to CSF
  Apr 15, 1954, Promoted to CWO2
  Apr 15, 1960, Promoted to CWO3
  Jun 29, 2015, CWO3 Francis Kearns, USN (Ret).2
  Jun 29, 2015, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Francis "Mike" Kearns enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1939. He would go on to serve in the U.S. Navy for 21 years and for 17 of those years he served at sea on 11 different ships. His first assignment was to the USS Constellation in Newport, R.I. He and the crew slung hammocks on board this old wooden Sloop-of-War vessel and did repairs to her. This is the same ship you see in the Baltimore harbor on display today. It is still commissioned and part of the US fleet.

He would serve on two battleships, the USS Wyoming and the USS New York before being assigned to the USS North Carolina for more than four years during World War II. He would see action in Guadalcanal, Tulagi, the Battle of the Eastern Solomon's, Makin, Tarawa, Abemama, the Marshall Operations, attacks on Central Pacific targets, the Marianas invasion, the Battle of the Philippine Sea, Iwo Jima and Okinawa, to name a few. In 1946 and 1947 Mike served aboard the USS Mount Olympus, the flagship for Adm. Richard Byrd on the U.S. Navy's Antarctic Expedition known as Operation Highjump.

After leaving the South Pole, he was assigned aboard the light cruiser, the USS Fargo for two years and for a short time on board the USS Adirondack. In 1950 and '51 he served aboard the battleship USS Missouri, which became the flagship for 3 different Admirals during the Korean War and saw action in bombardment missions on Hongin and Tanchon.

He would serve on 2 more ships, the USS Cabot and the USS Pandemus before ending his career on the Heavy Cruiser, USS Newport News from 1958 to 1960.

Mike retired from the U.S. Navy in 1961 and went to work for Commercial Union Insurance Co. as a Safety and Damage Control Specialist until his final retirement.
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