Holden, Carl Frederick, VADM

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Last Rank
Vice Admiral
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1951-1952, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Germany (COMNAVFORGER)
Service Years
1917 - 1952
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Home Town
Bangor, ME
Last Address
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Date of Passing
May 18, 1953
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
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Vice Admiral Carl Frederick Holden, USN (Ret.)
First Commanding officer of the USS New Jersey
Awarded nine battle stars in the Asia-Pacific Theatre

Born in Bangor, Maine, Holden graduated from the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1917. He saw service in World War I on destroyers based in Queenstown, Ireland. Lieutenant Commander Holden was given command of the destroyer Mason in 1920. In 1922-1924 he took a Master's degree in Electrical Communications Engineering from the Naval Academy and Harvard University, and spent the next ten years on communications-related assignments, including a posting with the Naval Mission to Brazil. He commanded the destroyer Tarbell in 1932-34, and in 1935-36 was sent to Pearl Harbor in Hawaii as District Communications Officer.

On the morning of December 7, 1941, Holden was serving as Executive Officer with the rank of Commander on the battleship Pennsylvania when it was attacked and damaged by Japanese aircraft at Pearl Harbor. In January 1942 he was made Fleet Communication Officer on the Staff of the Commander-in-Chief of the United States Fleet, and was then appointed Director of Naval Communications in September 1942, replacing Joseph Redman. In 1943 he became the first captain of the battleship New Jersey, a position he held for most of the war. In 1945 he was made Rear Admiral in charge of Cruiser Division Pacific, and witnessed the Japanese surrender from the deck of the Missouri in Tokyo Bay. He subsequently became Commander of US Naval Forces in occupied Germany, retiring from that position (and the Navy) in 1952.

At his funeral, in their dress blues, were Halsey, Struble, DeLany, Austin, Duncan, Curts, Killenkoetter and Jarrett lined up around the grave, heads bowed. The honorary pallbearers - Navy heroes all of them - had gathered to honor a man from Bangor who was one of their own.
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyState Department, Washington, DC, Naval Support Unit (NSU)USS Arizona (BB-39)CNO - OPNAV
NAVCOMMSTA - NAVCOMSTA - NCSUSS New Jersey (BB-62)Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Force, Pacific FleetNAVSTA New York, NY
  1917-1918, USS Burrows (DD-29)
  1918-1920, USS Lansdale (DD-101)
  1920-1921, USS Mason (DD-191)
  1921-1922, USS Mahan (DM-7)
  1924-1927, USS Concord (CL-10)
  1927-1929, United States Naval Mission (Brazil), State Department, Washington, DC
  1931-1932, USS Arizona (BB-39)
  1933-1935, USS Tarbell (DD-142)
  1934-1936, 14th Naval District/COMNAVBASE Pearl Harbor
  1936-1937, USS Idaho (BB-42)
  1936-1938, USS Ramapo (AO-12)
  1938-1940, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, CNO - OPNAV
  1940-1942, USS Pennsylvania (BB-38)
  1942-1942, Commander in Chief, United States Fleet (CINCUS)
  1942-1943, NAVCOMSTA Honolulu, HI
  1943-1945, USS New Jersey (BB-62)
  1945-1946, Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Force, Pacific Fleet
  1948-1951, NAVSTA New York, NY
  1951-1952, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Germany (COMNAVFORGER)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1917-1918 World War I/Anti-Submarine Warfare
  1941-1941 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Attack on Pearl Harbor
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Kwajalein Atoll (Operation Flintlock)
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Eniwetok Atoll (Operation Catchpole)
  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 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Tinian
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle of Peleliu
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1944-1944 Asiatic-Pacific Specified Raids (1944)/Formosa Air Battle
  1944-1944 Luzon Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Mindoro
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Surrender of Japan, End of WWII
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyUnited States Naval AcademyHarvard University
  1913-1917, United States Naval Academy
  1922-1923, United States Naval Academy
  1923-1924, Harvard University
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Naval hero from Bangor - a study in leadership.4
  Mar 30, 1917, Commissioned as Ensign
  Jul 01, 1917, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Jul 01, 1920, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Jun 30, 1937, Promoted to Commander
  Jan 01, 1942, Promoted to Captain
  Dec 18, 2015, General Photos2
 Military Association Memberships
United States Navy Memorial
  2019, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
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