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Service Status
Not Specified
Last Rank
Vice Admiral
Service Years
1910 - 1950
NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Home State
Montana
Vice Admiral Vice Admiral


Location
Montana
Location of Interment
U.S Naval Academy Cemetery - Annapolis, Maryland
Oct 01, 1966
Service to 1950
Naval War College (Staff)
Naval War College (Staff)
Rank
Vice Admiral
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Vice Admiral Vice Admiral
1948 - 1950
12th Naval District
12th Naval District
Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
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Rear Admiral Upper Half Rear Admiral Upper Half
1946 - 1948
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
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In 1942, Vice Admiral Beary (then Rear Admiral) became Commandant of Naval Operations Base Iceland. At his command, warships were organized and expeditiously developed into a high state of battle prof... More
1945
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
The achievement of underway replenishment was a decisive factor in shortening the war. His genius for maintaining logistic support to Admiral Spruance's Fifth Fleet and Admiral Halsey's Third Fleet wa... More
1945
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
The achievement of underway replenishment was a decisive factor in shortening the war. His genius for maintaining logistic support to Admiral Spruance's Fifth Fleet and Admiral Halsey's Third Fleet wa... 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, Service Force, Pacific Fleet
Commander, Service Force, Pacific Fleet
Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
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Rear Admiral Upper Half Rear Admiral Upper Half
1944 - 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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Memories
During World War II, Vice Admiral Beary (then Captain) was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious a... More
1941 - 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
1944
Fleet Operational Intelligence Training Center Atlantic (FOITCLANT)
Fleet Operational Intelligence Training Center Atlantic (FOITCLANT)
Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
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Rear Admiral Upper Half Rear Admiral Upper Half
1943 - 1944
Bronze Star
Criteria
The Bronze Star Medal may be awarded to individuals who, while serving in any capacity with the Armed Forces of the United States in a combat theater, distinguish themselves by heroism, outstanding ac... More
Comments
During World War II, Vice Admiral Beary (then Captain) was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious achievement in military operations against the enemy in the Pacific and Indian Oceans areas while in ... More
1943
NAVSTA Keflavik, Iceland
NAVSTA Keflavik, Iceland
Rank
Captain
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Captain Captain
1942 - 1943
Europe/African/Middle Eastern Campaign
Criteria
The European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal was awarded for for qualifying service within the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946, ... More
Description
Description Pending
1942
USS Mount Vernon (AP-22)
USS Mount Vernon (AP-22)
Rank
Captain
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Captain Captain
1941 - 1942
American Defense Service Medal
Devices : Bronze Letter A
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
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
Rank
Captain
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Captain Captain
1939 - 1941
Navy Distinguished Marksman
Criteria
Between 1942 and 1960, the Navy issued ribbons known as the Distinguished Marksmanship Ribbons.
Description
On 14 March 1943 the Fleet Operational Training Command, Atlantic Fleet was formally established, with Rear Admiral Donald B. Beary in command. Beary, known as "Red" to his fellow Naval Academy gradua... More
1940
Navy Distinguished Pistol Shot
Criteria
Between 1942 and 1960, the Navy issued ribbons known as the Distinguished Marksmanship Ribbons.
Description
On 14 March 1943 the Fleet Operational Training Command, Atlantic Fleet was formally established, with Rear Admiral Donald B. Beary in command. Beary, known as "Red" to his fellow Naval Academy gradua... More
1940
USS Richmond (CL-9)
USS Richmond (CL-9)
Rank
Captain
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Captain Captain
1938 - 1939
USS Colorado (BB-45)
USS Colorado (BB-45)
Rank
Commander
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Commander Commander
1937 - 1938
Naval War College (Staff)
Naval War College (Staff)
Rank
Commander
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Commander Commander
1936 - 1936
CNO - OPNAV
CNO - OPNAV
Rank
Commander
Comments
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Commander Commander
1934 - 1935
Commander In Chief Asiatic Fleet
Commander In Chief Asiatic Fleet
Rank
Commander
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Commander Commander
1931 - 1934
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
Staff, Asiatic Fleet, 1931 to 1934.
1931
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
Rank
Commander
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Commander Commander
1928 - 1930
Second Nicaraguan Campaign Medal
Criteria
The Second Nicaraguan Campaign Medal was created General Orders of the Navy Department and approved by Congress to recognize naval operations in Nicaragua between the dates of August 27, 1926 and Janu... More
Description
Description Pending
1927
USS New Mexico (BB-40)
USS New Mexico (BB-40)
Rank
Lieutenant Commander
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Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Commander
1925 - 1927
Division of Fleet Training, Navy Operations, Navy Department
Division of Fleet Training, Navy Operations, Navy Department
Rank
Lieutenant Commander
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Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Commander
1923 - 1924
USS Sumner (DD-333)
USS Sumner (DD-333)
Rank
Lieutenant Commander
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Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Commander
1922 - 1923
USS Parrott (DD-218)
USS Parrott (DD-218)
Rank
Lieutenant Commander
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Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Commander
1921 - 1922
USS Talbot (DD-114)
USS Talbot (DD-114)
Rank
Lieutenant Commander
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Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Commander
1921 - 1921
Bureau of Navigation
Bureau of Navigation
Rank
Lieutenant Commander
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Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Commander
1919 - 1921
USS Lamson (DD-18)
USS Lamson (DD-18)
Rank
Lieutenant Commander
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Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Commander
1918 - 1918
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
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Navy Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War I

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Commander Donald Bradford Beary, United Stat... 
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1918
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.
Memories
Navy Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War I

The President of the United States of America ta



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1918 - 1918
USS Remlik - SP-157
USS Remlik - SP-157
Rank
Lieutenant
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Lieutenant Lieutenant
1917 - 1918
Columbia University, New York (Faculty Staff), Naval Postgraduate School (Faculty Staff)
Columbia University, New York (Faculty Staff), Naval Postgraduate School (Faculty Staff)
Rank
Lieutenant
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Lieutenant Lieutenant
1915 - 1917
USS Maryland (ACR-8)
USS Maryland (ACR-8)
Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
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Lieutenant Junior Grade Lieutenant Junior Grade
1914 - 1914
USS Washington (ACR-11)
USS Washington (ACR-11)
Rank
Ensign
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Ensign Ensign
1912 - 1914
USS Tennessee (ACR-10)
USS Tennessee (ACR-10)
Rank
Ensign
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Ensign Ensign
1910 - 1911
Service from 1910
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
Rank
Midshipman
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1906 - 1910

 
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