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Service Status
Not Specified
Last Rank
Vice Admiral
Service Years
1910 - 1948
Home State
Minnesota
Vice Admiral Vice Admiral


Location
Minnesota
Plot Coordinates
4717-A-RH
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Aug 07, 1960
Service to 1948
5th Naval District
5th Naval District
Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Comments
Comments Pending
Rear Admiral Upper Half Rear Admiral Upper Half
1945 - 1948
COMCRUDESPAC
COMCRUDESPAC
Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Comments
Comments Pending
Rear Admiral Upper Half Rear Admiral Upper Half
1944 - 1945
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
Ainsworth won the Legion of Merit Medal by his "... exceptionally meritorious conduct ..." while commanding the fire support group during operations which recaptured Guam. he received a gold star in l... More
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
Commander, Cruiser Division 9
Commander, Cruiser Division 9
Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Comments
Comments Pending
Rear Admiral Upper Half Rear Admiral Upper Half
1943 - 1944
Legion of Merit
Devices : Gold Letter V
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
Comments Pending
1944
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
1944
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
1944
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
1944
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
1944
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
1944
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
1944
Philippine Liberation Medal
Criteria
The Philippine Liberation Medal was awarded for service in the liberation of the Philippines from October 17, 1944, to September 2, 1945. In order to qualify, one of the following provisions must be m... More
Description
Description Pending
1944
Battle of Leyte Gulf
Description
The Battle of Leyte Gulf, also called the Battles for Leyte Gulf, and formerly known as the Second Battle of the Philippine Sea, is generally considered to be the largest naval battle of World War II ... More
1944 - 1944
Battle of Guam
Description
Guam, ringed by reefs, cliffs, and heavy surf, presents a formidable challenge for an attacker. But despite the obstacles, on 21 July, the Americans landed on both sides of the Orote peninsula on the ... More
1944 - 1944
Battle of Angaur
Description
The Battle of Angaur was a battle of the Pacific campaign in World War II, fought on the island of Angaur in the Palau Islands from 17 September—22 October 1944. This battle was part of a larger offen... More
1944 - 1944
Battle of Peleliu
Description
The Battle of Peleliu, codenamed Operation Stalemate II, was fought between the United States and the Empire of Japan in the Pacific Theater of World War II, from September–November 1944 on the island... More
1944 - 1944
Battle of the Green Islands
Description
The Battle of the Green Islands or Operation Squarepeg was fought from 15 to 20 February 1944, between Imperial Japan and Allied forces from the New Zealand 3rd Division and the United States. Underta... More
1944 - 1944
Battle of Eniwetok Atoll (Operation Catchpole)
Description
The Battle of Eniwetok was a battle of the Pacific campaign of World War II, fought between 17 February 1944 and 23 February 1944, on Eniwetok Atoll in the Marshall Islands.
Naval bombardment of Eniwe
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1944 - 1944
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 pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Walden Lee Ainsworth, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the lin... 
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1943
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
1943
Navy Unit Commendation (NUC)
Criteria
The Navy Unit Commendation may be awarded by the Secretary of the Navy to any unit of the Navy or Marine Corps that distinguishes itself by outstanding heroism in action against an enemy (but not suff... More
Description
Description Pending
1943
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
1943
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
1943
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
1943
Battle of Kolombangara
Description
The Battle of Kolombangara ( known as the Second Battle of Kula Gulf) was a naval battle of the Pacific campaign of World War II, fought on the night of 12/13 July 1943, off Kolombangara in the Solomo... More
1943 - 1943
Battle of Kula Gulf
Description
The naval Battle of Kula Gulf took place in the early hours of 6 July 1943 during World War II and was between United States and Japanese ships off the coast of Kolombangara in the Solomon Islands.
Ba
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1943 - 1943
Commander Task Force 67 (CTF-67), COMSIXTHFLT
Commander Task Force 67 (CTF-67), COMSIXTHFLT
Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Comments
Comments Pending
Rear Admiral Upper Half Rear Admiral Upper Half
1942 - 1943
USS Mississippi (BB-41)
USS Mississippi (BB-41)
Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Comments
Comments Pending
Rear Admiral Upper Half Rear Admiral Upper Half
1941 - 1942
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
1942
DESRON 2, Cruiser Destroyer Group  8
DESRON 2, Cruiser Destroyer Group 8
Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Comments
Comments Pending
Rear Admiral Upper Half Rear Admiral Upper Half
1940 - 1941
American Defense Service Medal
Devices : Star in Lieu of the following Clasps
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
USS Mississippi (BB-41)
USS Mississippi (BB-41)
Rank
Captain
Comments
Comments Pending
Captain Captain
1936 - 1938
15th Naval District
15th Naval District
Rank
Commander
Comments
Comments Pending
Commander Commander
1933 - 1935
USS Pensacola (CA-24)
USS Pensacola (CA-24)
Rank
Commander
Comments
Comments Pending
Commander Commander
1931 - 1933
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
Rank
Commander
Comments
Comments Pending
Commander Commander
1928 - 1931
USS Idaho (BB-42)
USS Idaho (BB-42)
Rank
Commander
Comments
Comments Pending
Commander Commander
1931 - 1931
USS Paul Jones (DD-230)
USS Paul Jones (DD-230)
Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Comments
Comments Pending
Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Commander
1927 - 1928
Yangtze River Service Medal
Criteria
To commemorate the services performed by the personnel of the Navy and Marine Corps during the operations in the valley of the Yangtze River, China, in 1926 and 1927, and 1930 and 1932, a medal to be ... More
Comments
Comments Pending
1928
USS Black Hawk (AD-9)
USS Black Hawk (AD-9)
Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Comments
Comments Pending
Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Commander
1925 - 1927
Brooklyn Navy Yard
Brooklyn Navy Yard
Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Comments
Comments Pending
Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Commander
1924 - 1925
USS Marcus (DD-321)
USS Marcus (DD-321)
Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Comments
Comments Pending
Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Commander
1922 - 1923
USS Birmingham (CL-2)
USS Birmingham (CL-2)
Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Comments
Comments Pending
Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Commander
1921 - 1922
USS Hancock (AP-3)
USS Hancock (AP-3)
Rank
Lieutenant
Comments
Comments Pending
Lieutenant Lieutenant
1921 - 1921
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
Convoy Duty
Description
Based at Queenstown, Ireland.
1918 - 1918
USS America (ID-3006)
USS America (ID-3006)
Rank
Lieutenant
Comments
Comments Pending
Lieutenant Lieutenant
1917 - 1918
USS Florida (BB-30)
USS Florida (BB-30)
Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Comments
Comments Pending
Lieutenant Junior Grade Lieutenant Junior Grade
1914 - 1917
Mexican Service Medal
Criteria
The Mexican Service Medal was awarded for military service in any of the following expeditions or engagements:Vera Cruz Expedition: April 24 to November 26, 1914, Punitive Expedition into Mexico: Marc... More
Description
Description Pending
1914
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 Prairie State (IX-15)
USS Prairie State (IX-15)
Rank
Ensign
Comments
Comments Pending
Ensign Ensign
1912 - 1914
USS Idaho (BB-24)
USS Idaho (BB-24)
Rank
Ensign
Comments
Comments Pending
Ensign Ensign
1910 - 1912
USS Iowa (BB-4)
USS Iowa (BB-4)
Rank
Ensign
Comments
Comments Pending
Ensign Ensign
1910 - 1910
Service from 1910

 
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