Zumwalt, Elmo, ADM

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1970-1974, CNO - OPNAV
Service Years
1942 - 1974

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Home Town
San Francisco
Last Address
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Date of Passing
Jan 02, 2000
Location of Interment
U.S Naval Academy Cemetery - Annapolis, Maryland
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Z-grams: A List of Policy Directives Issued by Admiral Zumwalt While in Office as Chief of Naval Operations, 1 July 1970 to 1 July 1974.

Other Comments:
Youngest Admiral in U.S. Naval history. Elmo Russell Zumwalt, Jr. was born in San Francisco. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1942. He served on a destroyer during the Battle of Leyte Gulf in World War II and received the Bronze Star. During the Korean War, he served on the USS WISCONSIN. At the age of 44, Admiral Zumwalt became the youngest officer ever promoted to rear admiral. Admiral Zumwalt was Commander of the United States Naval Forces during the Vietnam War from 1968 to 1970. At age 49, he became the youngest four-star admiral in United States Naval history and the youngest man ever to serve as Chief of Naval Operations. He initiated wide-ranging reforms in an effort to revitalize the Navy. He ordered the Navy to end racial and sexual discrimination and demeaning restrictions on sailors. Time Magazine hailed Zumwalt as "the Navy's most popular leader since World War II." While he was commander of Naval forces in Vietnam from 1968 to 1970, he had ordered the use of the defoliant "Agent Orange" in the Mekong Delta. His son, who was a patrol boat commander in the Mekong Delta died of cancer in 1988 that was attributed to his exposure to Agent Orange. Despite this, Zumwalt believed that the use of Agent Orange saved hundreds and maybe thousands of lives. He served as the Vice-Chairman and then Chairman of the National Marrow Donor Program during the period from 1987 through 1995. In 1998, Zumwalt was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton. After his death, President Clinton said, "Admiral Zumwalt was one of the greatest models of integrity, leadership and genuine humanity our nation has ever produced."
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Phelps (DD-360)USS Robinson (DD-562)USS Saufley (DD-465)USS Zellars (DD-777)
CNO - OPNAVUSS Tills (DE-748)USS Wisconsin (BB-64)Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)
Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)USS Dewey (DLG-14)Office of the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF)US Navy
Naval Advisory Group Vietnam
  1942-1943, USS Phelps (DD-360)
  1944-1945, USS Robinson (DD-562)
  1945-1946, USS Saufley (DD-465)
  1946-1948, USS Zellars (DD-777)
  1948-1950, CNO - OPNAV
  1950-1951, USS Tills (DE-748)
  1951-1952, USS Wisconsin (BB-64)
  1953-1955, Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)
  1957-1957, Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)
  1957-1959, Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)
  1959-1961, USS Dewey (DLG-14)
  1962-1963, Office of the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF)
  1963-1965, Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)
  1965-1966, COMCRUDESFLOT 7
  1966-1968, CNO - OPNAV
  1968-1970, Naval Advisory Group Vietnam
  1970-1974, CNO - OPNAV
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1950-1953 Korean War
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United States Naval AcademyNaval War CollegeNational War College
  1939-1942, United States Naval Academy
  1952-1953, Naval War College
  1961-1962, National War College
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