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Service Status
Not Specified
Last Rank
Vice Admiral
Service Years
1908 - 1945
NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Home State
Kentucky
Vice Admiral Vice Admiral
Command at Sea
Command Ashore


Location
Kentucky
Aug 25, 1945
Service to 1945
USS South Dakota (BB-57)
USS South Dakota (BB-57)
Rank
Vice Admiral
NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Comments
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Vice Admiral Vice Admiral
1945 - 1945
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal
Criteria
The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal was awarded for for qualifying service within the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946, under any of the following condi... More
Description
Description Pending
1945
World War II Victory Medal
Criteria
The World War II Victory Medal commemorates military service during the Second World War.
Description
Description Pending
1945
World War II
Description
Overview of World War II 

World War II killed more people, involved more nations, and cost more money than any other war in history. Altogether, 70 million people served in the armed forces during th
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1942 - 1945
Navy Cross
Criteria
The Navy Cross may be awarded to any person who, while serving with the Navy or Marine Corps, distinguishes himself in action by extraordinary heroism not justifying an award of the Medal of Honor.... More
Comments
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Willis A. Lee, Jr., Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service ... 
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1944
Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Criteria
The Navy Distinguished Service Medal is awarded to members of the Armed Forces who, while serving in any capacity with the Navy or Marine Corps, distinguish themselves by exceptionally meritorious ser... More
Comments
Comments Pending
1944
Legion of Merit
Criteria
The Legion of Merit is awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States without degree for exceptionally outstanding conduct in the performance of meritorious service to the United States. ... More
Comments
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1944
Battle of Saipan
Description
The Battle of Saipan was a battle of the Pacific campaign of World War II, fought on the island of Saipan in the Mariana Islands from 15 June–9 July 1944. The Allied invasion fleet embarking the exped... More
1944 - 1944
Battle of Tinian
Description
The Battle of Tinian was a battle of the Pacific campaign of World War II, fought on the island of Tinian in the Mariana Islands from 24 July until 1 August 1944. The 9,000-man Japanese garrison was e... More
1944 - 1944
Battle of Philippine Sea
Description
The Battle of the Philippine Sea (June 19–20, 1944) was a major naval battle of World War II that eliminated the Imperial Japanese Navy's ability to conduct large-scale carrier actions. It took place ... More
1944 - 1944
USS Washington (BB-56)
USS Washington (BB-56)
Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
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Rear Admiral Upper Half Rear Admiral Upper Half
1942 - 1944
Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Criteria
The Navy Distinguished Service Medal is awarded to members of the Armed Forces who, while serving in any capacity with the Navy or Marine Corps, distinguish themselves by exceptionally meritorious ser... More
Comments
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1943
Battle of Tarawa
Description
The Battle of Tarawa (US code name Operation Galvanic) was a battle in the Pacific Theater of World War II, fought from November 20 to November 23, 1943. It took place at the Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbe... More
1943 - 1943
Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)
Description
The Guadalcanal Campaign, also known as the Battle of Guadalcanal and codenamed Operation Watchtower by Allied forces, was a military campaign fought between 7 August 1942 and 9 February 1943 on and a... More
1942 - 1943
Commander in Chief, United States Fleet (CINCUS)
Commander in Chief, United States Fleet (CINCUS)
Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
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Rear Admiral Upper Half Rear Admiral Upper Half
1942 - 1942
American Defense Service Medal
Criteria
The American Defense Service Medal was awarded for service in the Armed Forces between September 8, 1939, and December 7, 1941. Army members had to serve 12 months to be eligible, but Navy and Marine ... More
Description
Description Pending
1941
American Campaign Medal
Criteria
The American Campaign Medal was awarded for For thirty days service outside the Continental United States but within the American Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946; or,... More
Description
Description Pending
1941
CNO - OPNAV
CNO - OPNAV
Rank
Captain
Location
Washington - District Of Columbia
NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Comments
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Captain Captain
1939 - 1941
USS Concord (CL-10)
USS Concord (CL-10)
Rank
Captain
NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Comments
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Captain Captain
1936 - 1938
Strategic Systems Projects Office (SSPO), Washington, DC
Strategic Systems Projects Office (SSPO), Washington, DC
Rank
Commander
NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Comments
Comments Pending
Commander Commander
1933 - 1936
Navy Expeditionary Medal
Criteria
The Navy Expeditionary Medal is awarded to Navy personnel who have landed on foreign territory and engaged in operations against armed opposition or who have operated under circumstances deemed to mer... More
Description
Description Pending
1935
USS Pennsylvania (BB-38)
USS Pennsylvania (BB-38)
Rank
Commander
NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Comments
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Commander Commander
1931 - 1933
Afloat Training Group Pacific Northwest (Faculty Staff)
Afloat Training Group Pacific Northwest (Faculty Staff)
Rank
Commander
Location
Washington - District Of Columbia
NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Comments
Comments Pending
Commander Commander
1930 - 1931
Naval War College (Faculty Staff)
Naval War College (Faculty Staff)
Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Location
Newport - Rhode Island
NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Comments
Comments Pending
Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Commander
1928 - 1929
USS Lardner (DD-286)
USS Lardner (DD-286)
Rank
Lieutenant Commander
NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Comments
Comments Pending
Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Commander
1927 - 1928
USS Antares (AG-10)
USS Antares (AG-10)
Rank
Lieutenant Commander
NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Comments
Comments Pending
Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Commander
1926 - 1927
New York
New York
Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Location
New York - New York
NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Comments
Comments Pending
Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Commander
1924 - 1926
USS William B. Preston (DD-344)
USS William B. Preston (DD-344)
Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Location
Newport - Rhode Island
NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Comments
Comments Pending
Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Commander
1921 - 1924
USS Fairfax (DD-93)
USS Fairfax (DD-93)
Rank
Lieutenant
NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Comments
Comments Pending
Lieutenant Lieutenant
1920 - 1921
USS Bushnell (AS-15)
USS Bushnell (AS-15)
Rank
Lieutenant
NEC
110X-Unrestricted Line Officer - No Specialty Engagement
Comments
Comments Pending
Lieutenant Lieutenant
1919 - 1920
USS Lea (DD-118)
USS Lea (DD-118)
Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
NEC
110X-Unrestricted Line Officer - No Specialty Engagement
Comments
Comments Pending
Lieutenant Junior Grade Lieutenant Junior Grade
1918 - 1919
WWI Victory Medal
Criteria
The World War I Victory Medal was awarded for military service during the First World War. It was awarded for active service between April 6, 1917, and November 11, 1918; for service with the American... More
Description
Description Pending
1918
Port Chicago
Port Chicago
Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
NEC
110X-Unrestricted Line Officer - No Specialty Engagement
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Lieutenant Junior Grade Lieutenant Junior Grade
1915 - 1918
USS New Hampshire (BB-25)
USS New Hampshire (BB-25)
Rank
Ensign
NEC
110X-Unrestricted Line Officer - No Specialty Engagement
Comments
Comments Pending
Ensign Ensign
1913 - 1915
US Occupation of Veracruz
Description
incident came in the midst of poor diplomatic relations between Mexico and the United States, related to the ongoing Mexican Revolution.
1914 - 1914
USS Idaho (BB-24)
USS Idaho (BB-24)
Rank
Ensign
NEC
110X-Unrestricted Line Officer - No Specialty Engagement
Comments
Comments Pending
Ensign Ensign
1913 - 1913
USS New Orleans (CA-32)
USS New Orleans (CA-32)
Rank
Ensign
NEC
110X-Unrestricted Line Officer - No Specialty Engagement
Comments
Comments Pending
Ensign Ensign
1909 - 1910
USS Idaho (BB-24)
USS Idaho (BB-24)
Rank
Ensign
NEC
110X-Unrestricted Line Officer - No Specialty Engagement
Comments
Comments Pending
Ensign Ensign
1908 - 1909
Service from 1908

 
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