Fitz, Harold Carlton, Sr., RADM

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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1944-1945, 111X, USS Santa Fe (CL-60)
Service Years
1920 - 1949
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Home Town
Born in Somemlle, Mass.
Last Address
Home of Records: Severna Park Maryland.
Retired to: Annandale, Virginia.
Burial at: Arlington National Cemetery.

Date of Passing
Feb 03, 1971
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Sec: 5, Site: 35

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WW II Honorable Discharge Pin US Navy Retired 30

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Order of the Shellback US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Golden Dragon

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Rear Adm. Harold Carlton Fitz, Sr. USN (Ret.)

Rear Adm. Harold C. Fitz. USN, Ret., received the Navy Cross for leading the rescue of 800 men from a burning aircraft carrier off the coast of Japan during World War II. He was born in Somemlle, Mass. and was a member of the class of 1920 at the Naval Academy. At the time of his retirement in 1949, Adm. Fitz had served in the Navy for 30 years. At the time of the rescue mission for which he received the Navy Cross, Adm. Fitz was commanding the cruiser USS Santa Fe. When the aircraft carrier Franklin was hit by Japanese planes, Adm. Fitz led his ship alongside the burning vessel and assisted in rescuing 800 men and putting out the fire.

...The SANTA FE circled, came along the starboard side, and received wounded by gangway and makeshift mailbag breeches-buoys for 45 minutes until forced to cast off from the rapidly drifting FRANKLIN. Then, while crew members watched wide-eyed, Captain Fitz brought the SANTA FE up to the FRANKLIN at 25 knots, gave her hard right rudder and backed full on both engines. She stopped dead in the water a few feet off the FRANKLIN for a perfect approach. "It was a most daring piece of seamanship," said Captain Leslie E. Gehres, U.S.N., Commanding Officer of the FRANKLIN. "I want Captain Fitz to get full credit. It took a lot of nerve."

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Navy Cross
Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Captain Harold Carlton Fitz, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Light Cruiser U.S.S. SANTA FE (CL-60), while serving with the fleet in action against enemy Japanese forces off the southern coast of Honshu, Japan, on 19 March 1945. Captain Fitz brought his damaged cruiser alongside the U.S.S. FRANKLIN, lying crippled in the water as the result of enemy action, and held his hazardous position to effect the rescue of great numbers of personnel. Simultaneously engaging his ship in fighting fires on board the disabled craft and heaving in on the towline from another cruiser, he aided the FRANKLIN to withdraw without further damage and contributed his gallant service until the carrier could effect emergency repairs and return to port under her own power. Captain Fitz' inspiring leadership and the valiant devotion to duty of his command contributed in large measure to the outstanding success of this vital mission and reflects great credit upon the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 345 (December 1945)
Action Date: March 19, 1945
Service: Navy
Rank: Captain
Company: Commanding Officer
Division: U.S.S. Santa Fe (CL-60)
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US NavyNROTC (Faculty Staff)Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) (Faculty Staff)Naval Legal Service Units (JAG)
USS Arizona (BB-39)Cutter Campbell (WMEC-909)
  1923-1924, 111X, USS Nevada (BB-36)
  1925-1926, 111X, USS Doyen (DD-280)
  1926-1927, 111X, 6th Naval District
  1928-1929, 111X, USS Oglala (CM-4)
  1930-1931, 111X, Edgewood
  1932-1934, 111X, Harvard University NROTC (Cadre)
  1936-1937, 111X, Division of Fleet Training, Navy Operations, Navy Department
  1937-1938, 111X, USS Monocacy
  1938-1939, 111X, Office of Judge Advocate General (OJAG)
  1939-1941, 111X, USS Arizona (BB-39)
  1941-1942, 111X, Cutter Campbell (WMEC-909)
  1942-1943, 111X, USS Warrington (DD-383)
  1944-1945, 111X, USS Santa Fe (CL-60)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Leyte Campaign (1944)
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United States Naval Academy
  1916-1920, United States Naval Academy
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  Apr 22, 1997, His son: Lt. Col. Harold 1
  Jul 10, 2016, General Photos
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