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Vice Admiral
Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1951-1952, 111X, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Germany (COMNAVFORGER)
Service Years
1917 - 1952
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Iwo Jima
Order of the Shellback
Panama Canal
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Vice Admiral
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Contact Info
Home Town
Bangor, Maine
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
May 18, 1953
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Sec: 4, Site: 3025

 Official Badges 

US European Command US Pacific Command Commander in Chief Pacific CINCPAC US Navy Retired 30

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Pearl Harbor Memorial Medallion US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Golden Dragon

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

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.
Other Comments:
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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US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)US NavyNaval Support Unit (NSU)/State Department, Washington, DCUSS Arizona (BB-39)
CNO - OPNAVNAVCOMMSTA - NAVCOMSTA - NCSUSS New Jersey (BB-62)Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Force, Pacific Fleet
  1913-1917, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1918-1919, 111X, USS Lansdale (DD-101)
  1920-1921, 111X, USS Mason (DD-191)
  1922-1924, 111X, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1925-1927, 111X, USS Concord (CL-10)
  1928-1930, 114X, State Department, Washington, DC/United States Naval Mission (Brazil)
  1931-1931, 111X, USS Arizona (BB-39)
  1932-1934, 111X, USS Tarbell (DD-142)
  1936-1938, 111X, USS Idaho (BB-42)
  1938-1940, 114X, CNO - OPNAV/Deputy Chief of Naval Operations
  1940-1942, 111X, USS Pennsylvania (BB-38)
  1942-1942, 114X, Commander in Chief, United States Fleet (CINCUS)
  1942-1943, 114X, NAVCOMSTA Honolulu
  1943-1945, 111X, USS New Jersey (BB-62)
  1945-1946, 111X, Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Force, Pacific Fleet
  1949-1951, 9420, Brooklyn Navy Yard
  1951-1952, 111X, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Germany (COMNAVFORGER)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1917-1918 World War I/Anti-Submarine Warfare
  1943-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Marshall Islands Operation
  1943-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Guam
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyHarvard University
  1913-1917, United States Naval Academy
  1922-1924, Harvard University
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