Ingersoll, Stuart Howe, VADM

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Vice Admiral
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1957-1960, Naval War College (Staff)
Service Years
1917 - 1960
Vice Admiral
Vice Admiral

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Home Town
Springfield, MA
Last Address
Newport, RI

Date of Passing
Jan 29, 1983
Location of Interment
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Vice Admiral Stuart Howe Ingersoll, USN (Ret.)

Vice Admiral Stuart Howe Ingersoll: Born, June 3, 1898, in Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts. Died, January 29, 1983, at Newport, Rhode Island.

Although born in Massachusetts he spent his early childhood in Portland, Maine. After high school graduation in 1917 he was accepted as a cadet at the Naval Academy at Annapolis. During World War I he was a midshipman aboard the USS Missouri then serving as part of the Atlantic Fleet. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1921 and was assigned to sea duty for the next five years. He then requested and received permission to transfer to Naval aviation where he later earned his wings.

Ingersoll had already spend five years on destroyers he then served 15 years on aircraft carriers, in flight testing and experimental work in naval aviation.

By the Second World War he had been promoted to Commander and performed as a staff operations officer for the escort of the North Atlantic Fleet convoys. In 1944 Captain Ingersoll was given command of the aircraft carrier USS Monterey.

During an engagement near Formosa the Monterey came under intense fire, subsequently damaging the ship to the point that Admiral Halsey urged him to abandon ship. He and his crew continued their efforts to bring the fire under control and after many hours the fire was put out. For his actions he was awarded the Navy Cross.

In 1945 he was promoted to Rear Admiral and was appointed the Commandant of the United States Naval Academy. In 1947 he became Commander in Chief, Pacific Command and Pacific Fleet and shortly afterwards was assigned as the director of strategic planning in the Navy Department. Two years later he was transferred as director of strategic planning in the Navy Department and as the Navy member of the Joint Strategic Plans Committee of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. After this assignment was concluded he became the Assistant Chief of Naval Operations, and commandant of the Sixth Fleet then stationed in the Mediterranean.

In 1955 he was promoted to Vice Admiral and became the Commander in Chief of the Seventh Fleet then stationed in the Pacific. As commander of the Pacific Fleet he commanded 250,00 Navy and Marine personnel, 2,000 aircraft and 200 ships. He later became the head of the Taiwan Defense Command and in 1957 was appointed president of the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island and remained in that position until his retirement in 1960.
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Navy Cross
Awarded for Actions During World War II
Service: Navy
Division: U.S.S. Monterey (CVL-26)
General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 345 (December 1945)
Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Captain Stuart Howe Ingersoll, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Light Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. MONTEREY (CVL-26), in the face of tremendous enemy opposition during action against enemy Japanese forces off Formosa during the period 29 August 1944 through 30 October 1944. When the MONTEREY came under heavy Japanese aerial attack while bolding penetrating the hazardous waters off Formosa on 13 - 14 October, Captain Ingersoll fearlessly held his courage and, hurling the full fighting strength of his planes, despite terrific odds succeeded in blasting a number of hostile aircraft from the sky with no damage to his own vessel. During the
Battle for Leyte Gulf on 25 - 26 October 1944, he inflicted heavy damage and destruction upon capital ships of the Japanese fleet in a bitterly fought, decisive engagement. Captain Ingersoll's inspiring leadership and the valiant devotion to duty of his command contributed in large measure to the outstanding success of these vital missions and reflect great credit upon the United States Naval Service.
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyUSS Borie (DD-215)NAS PensacolaVB-1
VT-1 EagletsUSS Maryland (BB-46)Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads, NAS Hampton RoadsUSS Langley (CV-1)
NAS NorfolkVF-5B Red RippersUSS Yorktown (CV-5)VP-18 Flying Phantoms
Naval Attache/Asst Naval Attache, CNO - OPNAVCommander, Naval Surface Force, Atlantic (COMNAVSURFLANT)NAS AnacostiaUSS Card (CVE-11)
USS Monterey (CVL-26)US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)Commander Service Force, Six Fleet (COMSERVFORSIXTHFLT )COMSEVENTHFLT
US-Taiwan Defense Command (USTDC)Naval War College (Staff)
  1918-1919, USS Missouri (BB-11)
  1920-1921, USS North Dakota (BB-29)
  1921-1922, USS Cassin (DD-43)
  1922-1925, USS Sicard (DD-346)
  1925-1925, USS Borie (DD-215)
  1925-1926, NAS Pensacola
  1926-1926, VB-1
  1926-1927, USS Wright (AV-1)
  1927-1928, VT-1 Eaglets
  1929-1929, USS Maryland (BB-46)
  1929-1931, Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads, NAS Hampton Roads
  1931-1932, USS Langley (CV-1)
  1932-1934, NAS Norfolk
  1935-1937, VF-5B Red Rippers
  1937-1938, USS Yorktown (CV-5)
  1938-1938, VP-18 Flying Phantoms
  1940-1941, Bureau of Aeronautics
  1941-1941, Naval Attache Office (NAO) London, Naval Attache/Asst Naval Attache
  1942-1942, Readiness Support Group Norfolk, Commander, Naval Surface Force, Atlantic (COMNAVSURFLANT)
  1942-1943, NAS Anacostia
  1943-1943, USS Card (CVE-11)
  1944-1945, USS Monterey (CVL-26)
  1945-1947, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1950-1954, Commander Service Force, Six Fleet (COMSERVFORSIXTHFLT )
  1955-1957, Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group, 7th Fleet, COMSEVENTHFLT
  1955-1957, US-Taiwan Defense Command (USTDC)
  1957-1960, Naval War College (Staff)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1918-1918 World War I/Atlantic Convoy
  1942-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  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 Guam
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Surigao Strait
  1944-1944 Asiatic-Pacific Specified Raids (1944)/Formosa Air Battle
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United States Naval Academy
  1917-1920, United States Naval Academy
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jun 05, 1920, Commissioned as Ensign
  Jun 05, 1923, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Jul 01, 1926, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Jul 01, 1936, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Apr 01, 1941, Promoted to Commander
  Jun 21, 1942, Promoted to Captain
  Mar 09, 1944, Promoted to Rear Admiral
  Sep 07, 1955, Promoted to Vice Admiral
  Jul 10, 2016, General Photos
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