WILSON, Ralph, Sr., VADM

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Last Rank
Vice Admiral
Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1957-1960, 113X, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Logistics) OP-04, DCNO (M,P,T&E)
Service Years
1924 - 1960
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Home Town
Boulder CO and Salem OR
Last Address
Place of birth: Boulder Colorado.
Home of record: Salem, Oregon.
Buried at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis.

Date of Passing
Dec 21, 1990
Location of Interment
U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery - Annapolis, Maryland
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US Navy Retired 30

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Order of the Shellback US Navy Honorable Discharge Blue Star Diesel Boats Forever Officer

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Last Known Activity

Ralph Ensign Wilson (NSN: 0-58506), USN (Ret.)

U.S. Navy Vice Admiral: Wilson graduated from the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1924. Prior to World War II Wilson was the Commanding Officer of the Destroyer Upshur D-144. During World War II he was the Commanding Officer of the Destroyer U.S.S. Buchanan DD-484 which was badly damaged during the engagement with Japanese naval forces off Savo Island during the Battle of Cape Esperance in October of 1942. The ship's crew was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation. In the mid 1950's Wilson was appointed the Commander of Cruiser Division Three. He was awarded the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism at the Battle of Cape Esperance, 1943, and a total of four Legon of Merit and two Bronze Stars during WWII. Vice Admiral Wilson was awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal for exceptional meritorious and distinguished service as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations and Logistics from 1957 to 1960.

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Upon his retirement from the Navy, Vice Admiral Ralph Ensign Wilson became a member and chairman of the Federal Maritime Board, 1960-1964, and the Maritime Administrator with the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyUSS R-12 (SS-89)US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)NROTC (Staff)
Naval Attache/Asst Naval Attache, CNO - OPNAVCOMTHIRDFLTNational War CollegeUSS Worcester (CL-144)
Military Sealift Fleet Support Command  (MSC/MSFSC), Military Sealift Command Headquarters (MSCHQ)USS Helena (CA-75)Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)
  1924-1926, 116X, USS California (BB-44)
  1927-1928, 117X, USS R-14 (SS-91)
  1928-1930, 112X, USS R-12 (SS-89)
  1930-1931, 111X, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1931-1932, 111X, Columbia University NROTC (Cadre)
  1932-1934, 111X, USS Williamson (DD-244)
  1934-1935, 111X, USS Dallas (DD-199)
  1934-1935, 111X, Commander, Destroyers, Scouting Force, Pacific Fleet, Commander, Scouting Force, Pacific Fleet
  1937-1938, 111X, USS Wichita (CA-45)
  1939-1940, 111X, USS Upshur (DD-144)
  1940-1940, 114X, Naval Attache/Asst Naval Attache, CNO - OPNAV
  1942-1943, 111X, USS Buchanan (DD-484)
  1943-1944, 111X, Commander, Destroyers, Asiatic Fleet (COMDESAF) , Commander In Chief Asiatic Fleet
  1945-1946, 111X, COMTHIRDFLT
  1947-1948, 111X, National War College
  1949-1950, 111X, USS Worcester (CL-144)
  1950-1953, 111X, Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), Military Sealift Fleet Support Command (MSC/MSFSC)
  1953-1954, 111X, Commander, Cruiser Division FIVE
  1953-1954, 111X, USS Helena (CA-75)
  1954-1954, 111X, Commander, Cruiser Division THREE
  1957-1960, 113X, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Logistics) OP-04, DCNO (M,P,T&E)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Cape Esperance (Second Savo)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyColumbia UniversityNational War College
  1920-1924, United States Naval Academy1
  1931-1932, Columbia University
  1947-1948, National War College
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Dec 21, 1990, Obituary, the Washington Post: VAdm Wilson.
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