Carr, Kenneth, VADM

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Last Rank
Vice Admiral
Last Primary NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1983-1985, 113X, Commander-in-Chief, US Atlantic Fleet (CINCLANTFLT)
Service Years
1943 - 1985
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Neptune Subpoena
Order of the Arctic Circle (Bluenose)
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Polaris Certificate
Vice Admiral
Vice Admiral

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Contact Info
Home Town
Mayfield, Kentucky
Last Address
Judson Retirement Community, Cleveland, Ohio.

Date of Passing
Nov 15, 2015
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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 Official Badges 

Office of the Secretary of Defense WW II Honorable Discharge Pin US Navy Retired 30

 Unofficial Badges 

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

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Naval Submarine League
  2015, Naval Submarine League

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Kenneth Monroe Carr, USNA '49
Navy Vice Admiral
Chair Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Kenneth M. Carr, a retired Navy vice admiral and nuclear submariner who in retirement served five years on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the last two as chairman, died Nov. 15 at a retirement center in Cleveland. He was 90.

The cause was pneumonia and lung cancer, said a nephew, Richard Pace.

Adm. Carr retired in 1985 after a 43-year Navy career that began during World War II aboard an assault landing craft in the Pacific. In his final active-duty assignment, he was deputy and chief of staff to the commander-in-chief of the Atlantic fleet and the Atlantic Command.

He was appointed in 1986 to the NRC, the federal agency that regulates commercial nuclear power. As chairman, he said one of his primary missions would be to press the search for ways to overcome public opposition to nuclear power plants.

“I think it’s going to be a generational change before you get the public acceptance,” he told the Journal of Commerce in 1989.

Kenneth Monroe Carr was born in Mayfield, Ky., on March 17, 1925. He grew up there and in Arkansas and California, where his father was a railroad worker.

After sea duty in the Pacific during World War II, he was assigned to an officer candidate program at the University of Louisville before graduating in 1949 from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis.

He then entered the submarine school in New London, Conn., and spent many years as a crew member on the world’s first nuclear-powered submarine, Nautilus. He was an officer on the Nautilus when it crossed under the North Pole in 1958, seen at the time as an important achievement in the Cold War.

Among later assignments, he commanded the nuclear-powered submarine Flasher and the ballistic missile nuclear-powered submarine John Adams. From 1977 to 1980, he commanded the Submarine Force of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet.

His medals included the Defense and Navy distinguished service medals, the Legion of Merit and the Defense Superior Service Medal.

Adm. Carr was a former resident of Arlington, Va., and also had a home in Groton, Conn., near the Navy’s submarine school. He moved to Cleveland about five years ago.

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Kenneth Carr graduated high school in San Bernadion, California in 1941. After attending San Bernardino Valley College for two years, VAdm Carr enlisted in the Navy as a  Seaman. 

He was a crewman/coxswain on an assault landing craft attached to the USS President Jackson (APA-18) in late 1943, and participated in the landings at Bougainville, Solomon Islands, and the initial landing in February 1944 at Green Island, Bismarck Archipelago. 

USS Nautilus: Vice Adm. Carr was first assigned as the Gunnery Officer, in charge of Torpedo Division, on Nautilus. As a young Lieutenant on the ship's crew, he was credited with coining the popular phase "The sun always shines on Nautilus," after the cloudy skies parted just before the submarine's launching in 1954. With the exception of twelve months spent at nuclear power training from June 1956 to May 1957, he served in a number of billets on the ship, including as the ship's engineer during her first overhaul. He transferred in December 1960. He had the distinction of being the only officer who was both a Nautilus plank owner (member of the commissioning crew) and a "PANAPO" (member of the 1958 Nautilus crew who traveled to the North Pole. He was on watch as the ship's conning officer when USS Nautilus made history on August 3rd 1958, as the first ship to voyage under the North Pole. The submarine proceeded to Portland, England where her crew received the Presidential Unit Citation, the first ever issued in peacetime.

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
HQ, RTC Great Lakes, IL (Company Commander/Staff)Formal Schools and Training CoursesUS NavyNROTC (Staff)
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)USS Eversole (DD-789)Submarine School Officers Basic CourseUSS Flying Fish (SS-229)
USS Blackfin (SS-322)Electric Boat Company (submarine pre-commission)USS Nautilus (SSN-571)Nuclear Power School (Staff), Bainbridge, MD, Naval Nuclear Power Training Command (NNPTC)
USS Scorpion (SSN-589)USS James Monroe (SSBN-622)USS Flasher (SSN-613)USS John Adams (SSBN-620)
CNO - OPNAVCommander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)COMNAVSUBFOROffice of the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF)
Commander Submarine Force (COMSUBFOR), COMNAVSUBFORUS Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM)Commander-in-Chief, US Atlantic Fleet (CINCLANTFLT)
  1943-1943, HQ, RTC Great Lakes, IL (Company Commander/Staff)
  1943-1943, BM-0000, Assault Boat Coxwain School
  1943-1944, BM-0000, Landing Craft Utility (LCU)
  1943-1944, BM-0000, USS President Jackson (APA-18)
  1944-1945, BM-0000, University of Louisville NROTC (Staff)
  1945-1949, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1949-1950, 116X, USS Eversole (DD-789)
  1950-1951, 117X, Submarine School Officers Basic Course
  1951-1952, 112X, USS Flying Fish (SS-229)
  1952-1953, 112X, USS Blackfin (SS-322)
  1953-1954, 112X, Electric Boat Company (submarine pre-commission)
  1954-1956, 112X, USS Nautilus (SSN-571)
  1956-1957, 112X, Nuclear Power School (Staff), Bainbridge, MD, Naval Nuclear Power Training Command (NNPTC)
  1957-1960, 112X, USS Nautilus (SSN-571)
  1960-1962, 112X, USS Scorpion (SSN-589)
  1962-1964, 112X, USS James Monroe (SSBN-622)
  1964-1966, 112X, Electric Boat Company (submarine pre-commission)
  1966-1967, 112X, USS Flasher (SSN-613)
  1967-1968, 112X, USS John Adams (SSBN-620)
  1968-1970, 112X, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (DCNO). (Warfare Requirements and Programs) (N7), CNO - OPNAV
  1970-1972, 112X, Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board, Atlantic (NPEBLANT)
  1972-1973, 112X, Commander Submarine Force (COMSUBFOR), COMNAVSUBFOR
  1973-1977, 112X, Office of the Deputy Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Matters
  1977-1980, 112X, Commander Submarine Force (COMSUBFOR), COMNAVSUBFOR
  1980-1983, 113X, Offutt AFB, NE, US Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM)
  1983-1985, 113X, Commander-in-Chief, US Atlantic Fleet (CINCLANTFLT)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1943-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)
  1943-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Bismarck Archipelago Operation
  1943-1943 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Treasury-Bougainville operation (1943)
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Treasury-Bougainville Operation
 Colleges Attended 
San Bernardino Valley CollegeUniversity of LouisvilleUnited States Naval Academy
  1941-1943, San Bernardino Valley College
  1944-1945, University of Louisville
  1945-1949, United States Naval Academy
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Nov 15, 2015, Obituary: Kenneth Monroe Carr, USNA '493
  Feb 02, 2016, General Photos1
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