Reed, John Ward, CAPT

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Last Primary NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1962-1962, 112X, NATO Special Operations Headquarters
Service Years
1932 - 1962

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Home Town
Wilkinsburg, PA
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Apr 26, 2011
Location of Interment
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 Official Badges 

NATO Standing Naval Forces Mediterranean US Navy Retired 30 Amphibious Forces Patch

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback US Navy Honorable Discharge US Naval Reserve Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal

Order of the Golden Dragon Blue Star Diesel Boats Forever Officer

 Military Association Memberships
Submarine Veterans of WW II
  1970, Submarine Veterans of WW II

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Captain John Ward "Jake" Reed, USN (Ret.)
Submarine Commander, WWII War Patrols
Awarded the Navy Cross and Silver Star

John W. Reed VIRGINIA BEACH - Retired Navy Capt. John Ward Reed was born in Wilkinsburg, Pa., Oct. 10 1914 and died peacefully at his home in Atlantic Shores on April 26, 2011. He is now on eternal patrol.

Jake Reed, upon completion of high school in 1932, enlisted in the United States Navy and thus commenced a 30-year career of service. His first duty assignment was as a seaman recruit aboard the Battleship, USS Pennsylvania. Shortly thereafter, he received a presidential appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. After graduation from the Naval Academy in 1938, he reported to the Heavy Cruiser USS Northampton.

In 1940 he married Barbara Dyer in St. Clements Episcopal Church, Honolulu, his soulmate for the next 65 years.  Also, in 1940, he entered the Submarine School in New London, Conn. He spent the entirety of World War II aboard submarines in the Pacific, serving on the USS S-45, executive officer of the USS Seadragon, commanding officer of the USS S-41 and commanding officer of the USS Sunfish. His decorations and medals include the Navy Cross, Silver Star, Navy Unit Commendation, World War II Victory Medal and various Theater medals. His Navy Cross was donated to the Submarine Force Museum in Groton, Conn.

Post war, he went on to earn his master's degree from George Washington University. Sea duty consisted of another submarine command on the USS Spikefish, he was then first to command a division of the radar picket submarines, commanding officer of the destroyer USS Bache, chief of Staff to Commander Carrier Division 14, commanding officer of the USS Pocono and commanding officer of Amphibious Squadron 8. Ashore he attended the Naval War College, taught at the U.S. Naval Academy, commanded the Advanced Undersea Weapons School in Key West, Fla., and the Amphibious School in Norfolk, and served in the P & 0 Division at NATO headquarters in Naples, Italy.

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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to John Ward Reed, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for gallantry and intrepidity and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. SUNFISH (SS-281), on the ELEVENTH War Patrol of that submarine during the period 31 March 1945 to 28 April 1945, in enemy controlled waters of the Pacific War Area. Through his experience and sound judgment Lieutenant Commander Reed brought his ship safely back to port. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to his officers and men and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
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Submarine Officer Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 7 Patrols
Command at Sea

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1932, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)
  1934, US Naval Academy (Annapolis, MD), 1938
 Duty Stations
RTC Great Lakes, IL (Company Commander/Staff)US NavyUS Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)Submarine School (diesel)
USS Seadragon (SSN-584)USS S-41 (SS-146)USS Sunfish (SS-281)Naval War College (Staff)
USS Bache (DD-470)USS Spikefish (SS-404)Amphibious Squadron Three (COMPHIBRON 3)School Assignments - Staff
USS Pocono (AGC-16)North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
  1932-1932, S2c-0000, RTC Great Lakes, IL (Company Commander/Staff)
  1932-1934, S1c-0000, USS Pennsylvania (BB-38)
  1934-1938, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1939-1940, 000X, USS Northampton (CA-26)
  1940-1942, 000X, Submarine School (diesel)
  1942-1943, 000X, USS Seadragon (SSN-584)
  1943-1943, 000X, USS S-45 (SS-156)
  1943-1944, 000X, USS S-41 (SS-146)
  1945-1945, 000X, USS Sunfish (SS-281)
  1947-1948, 000X, Naval War College (Staff)
  1948-1950, 000X, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1951-1953, 000X, USS Bache (DD-470)
  1953-1955, 000X, USS Spikefish (SS-404)
  1956-1958, 111X, Carrier Division 14 (COMCARDIV 14)
  1958-1959, 113X, Amphibious Squadron Three (COMPHIBRON 3)
  1959-1961, 112X, Naval Advanced Undersea Weapons School
  1961-1962, 111X, USS Pocono (AGC-16)
  1962-1962, 112X, NATO Special Operations Headquarters
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 Submarine War Patrols
 Colleges Attended 
George Washington UniversityNaval War College
  1946-1948, George Washington University
  1947-1948, Naval War College
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Apr 26, 2011, Capt. John W. Reed, USN Ret.
  Mar 16, 2017, General Photos3
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