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Service Status
Not Specified
Last Rank
Admiral
Service Years
1958 - 1998
NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Home State
South Dakota
Admiral Admiral
Submarine Officer Badge
Naval Aviator Wings
Command at Sea
Command Ashore


Location
South Dakota
Plot Coordinates
Naval Academy Cemetery
Location of Interment
Annapolis National Cemetery - Annapolis, Maryland
Jul 26, 2014
Service to 1998
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
Larson's major military decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Navy Distinguished Service Medal (7 awards), Legion of Merit (3 awards), the Bronze Star, Navy Commendation Medal a... More
1998
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (MUC)
Criteria
The Meritorious Unit Commendation may be awarded by the Secretary of the Navy to any unit of the Navy or Marine Corps that distinguishes itself under combat or noncombat conditions by either valorous ... More
Description
Upon his retirement in 1998, not only was Admiral Larson commended for his leadership of the Academy, but also, for the first time ever, the entire Naval Academy received the Navy's Meritorious Unit C... More
1998
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
Rank
Admiral
NEC
9420-Officer in Charge - Naval Shore Activity
Comments
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Admiral Admiral
1994 - 1998
Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Criteria
The Defense Distinguished Service Medal is awarded by the Secretary of Defense to any military service officer for performing exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility with t... More
Comments
Larson's major military decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Navy Distinguished Service Medal (7 awards), Legion of Merit (3 awards), the Bronze Star, Navy Commendation Medal a... More
1994
US Pacific Command (USCINCPAC/USPACOM)
US Pacific Command (USCINCPAC/USPACOM)
Rank
Admiral
NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Comments
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Admiral Admiral
1990 - 1994
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
Larson's major military decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Navy Distinguished Service Medal (7 awards), Legion of Merit (3 awards), the Bronze Star, Navy Commendation Medal a... More
1991
Operation Desert Shield
Description

In 1990, fellow Arab Gulf states refused to endorse Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's plan to cut production and raise the price of oil, leaving him frustrated and paranoid. Iraq had incurred a mountain o

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Memories
Larson's major military decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Navy Distinguis... More
1990 - 1991
Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
Rank
Admiral
NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Comments
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Admiral Admiral
1990 - 1990
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
Larson's major military decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Navy Distinguished Service Medal (7 awards), Legion of Merit (3 awards), the Bronze Star, Navy Commendation Medal a... More
1990
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
Larson's major military decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Navy Distinguished Service Medal (7 awards), Legion of Merit (3 awards), the Bronze Star, Navy Commendation Medal a... More
1990
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
Larson's major military decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Navy Distinguished Service Medal (7 awards), Legion of Merit (3 awards), the Bronze Star, Navy Commendation Medal a... More
1990
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
Larson's major military decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Navy Distinguished Service Medal (7 awards), Legion of Merit (3 awards), the Bronze Star, Navy Commendation Medal a... More
1990
National Defense Service Medal (2001-Present))
Criteria
The National Defense Service Medal is awarded for honorable active service as a member of the Armed Forces during the Korean War, Vietnam War, the war against Iraq in the Persian Gulf, and for service... More
Description
Description Pending
1990
Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun
Criteria
The order is awarded to those who have made distinguished achievements in the following fields; international relations, promotion of Japanese culture, advancements in their field, development in welf... More
Comments
DATE NOT CONFIRMED ON THIS AWARD -- Larson's major military decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Navy Distinguished Service Medal (7 awards), Legion of Merit (3 awards), the Br... More
1990
Order of the Crown of Thailand
Criteria
The Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand is a Thai order, established in 1869 by King Rama V of The Kingdom of Siam (now Thailand) for Thais, Royal Family, Government Employees, and Foreign Digni... More
Comments
DATE NOT CONFIRMED ON THIS AWARD -- Larson's major military decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Navy Distinguished Service Medal (7 awards), Legion of Merit (3 awards), the Br... More
1990
Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, CNO - OPNAV
Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, CNO - OPNAV
Rank
Vice Admiral
NEC
113X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Special Warfare
Comments
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Vice Admiral Vice Admiral
1988 - 1990
COMSECONDFLT
COMSECONDFLT
Rank
Vice Admiral
NEC
113X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Special Warfare
Comments
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Vice Admiral Vice Admiral
1986 - 1988
NATO Allied Force Command
NATO Allied Force Command
Rank
Vice Admiral
NEC
114X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Special Operations
Comments
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Vice Admiral Vice Admiral
1986 - 1988
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
Larson's major military decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Navy Distinguished Service Medal (7 awards), Legion of Merit (3 awards), the Bronze Star, Navy Commendation Medal a... More
1986
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
NEC
9420-Officer in Charge - Naval Shore Activity
Comments
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Rear Admiral Upper Half Rear Admiral Upper Half
1983 - 1986
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
Larson's major military decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Navy Distinguished Service Medal (7 awards), Legion of Merit (3 awards), the Bronze Star, Navy Commendation Medal a... More
1985
COMSUBMED - COMSUBSOUTH, COMNAVSUBFOR
COMSUBMED - COMSUBSOUTH, COMNAVSUBFOR
Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Comments
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Rear Admiral Upper Half Rear Admiral Upper Half
1979 - 1981
Navy and Marine Overseas Service Ribbon
Criteria
This ribbon is awarded to officers and enlisted personnel of the Navy, Naval Reserve, Marine Corps, and Marine Corps Reserve for 12 months consecutive or accumulated duty at overseas shore-based duty ... More
Description
DATE NOT CONFIRMED ON THIS AWARD -- Larson's major military decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Navy Distinguished Service Medal (7 awards), Legion of Merit (3 awards), the Br... More
1980
COMSUBDEVGRU ONE (CSDG-1), COMSUBPAC
COMSUBDEVGRU ONE (CSDG-1), COMSUBPAC
Rank
Captain
NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Comments
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Captain Captain
1976 - 1979
USS Halibut (SSN-587)
USS Halibut (SSN-587)
Rank
Commander
NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Comments
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Commander Commander
1973 - 1976
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
Larson's major military decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Navy Distinguished Service Medal (7 awards), Legion of Merit (3 awards), the Bronze Star, Navy Commendation Medal a... More
1975
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
For 1974 & 1975, USS HALIBUT was awarded two consecutive NUCs for continued Sea of Okhost operations.

Larson's major military decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Navy Distinguished Service Medal (7 awards), Legion of Merit (3 awards), the Bronze Star, Navy Commendation Medal and Navy Achievement Medal. He has also been decorated by the governments of Japan, Thailand, France and Korea.... 
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1975
Navy Sea Service Deployment
Criteria
The Sea Service Deployment Ribbon is awarded to members of the Navy and Marine Corps assigned to U.S. homeported (including Hawaii and Alaska) ships, deploying units, or Fleet Marine Force commands, f... More
Description
DATE NOT CONFIRMED ON THIS AWARD -- Larson's major military decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Navy Distinguished Service Medal (7 awards), Legion of Merit (3 awards), the Br... More
1975
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
Larson's major military decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Navy Distinguished Service Medal (7 awards), Legion of Merit (3 awards), the Bronze Star, Navy Commendation Medal a... More
1974
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
For 1974 & 1975, USS HALIBUT was awarded two consecutive NUCs for continued Sea of Okhost operations.

Larson's major military decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Navy Distinguished Service Medal (7 awards), Legion of Merit (3 awards), the Bronze Star, Navy Commendation Medal and Navy Achievement Medal. He has also been decorated by the governments of Japan, Thailand, France and Korea.... 
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1974
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
1971-1973: As the navigator and Executive Officer of the USS Scalpin, Larson was awarded a Bronze Star - the only nuclear submariner to receive such a medal in the Vietnam War.

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1973
Vietnam Service Medal
Criteria
The Vietnam Service Medal was awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who served at any time between July 4, 1965, and March 28, 1973, in Vietnam or its contiguous waters or airspa... More
Description
Also -- as the navigator and Executive Officer of the USS Scalpin, Larson was awarded a Bronze Star - the only nuclear submariner to receive such a medal in the Vietnam War.
1973
USS Sculpin (SSN-590)
USS Sculpin (SSN-590)
Rank
Commander
NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Comments
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Commander Commander
1971 - 1973
Vietnam War
Description
Overview of the Vietnam War 


Vietnam was the longest war in American history and the most unpopular American war of the 20th century. It resulted in nearly 60,000 American deaths and in an estimated
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Memories
1971-1973: As the navigator and Executive Officer of the USS Scalpin, Larson was awarded a Bronze St... More
1960 - 1973
Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
Criteria
The Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Gallantry Cross Colors) was authorized to be worn by units individually cited for service in military operations in support of the government of Sout... More
Description
Also -- as the navigator and Executive Officer of the USS Scalpin, Larson was awarded a Bronze Star - the only nuclear submariner to receive such a medal in the Vietnam War.
1972
Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation
Criteria
The unit citation of the Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Medal was awarded certain units by the Vietnamese government for meritorious service during the period 1 March 1961 to 28 March 1974.
Description
As the navigator and Executive Officer of the USS Scalpin, Larson was awarded a Bronze Star - the only nuclear submariner to receive such a medal in the Vietnam War.
1972
Vietnam Service Medal
Criteria
The Vietnam Service Medal was awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who served at any time between July 4, 1965, and March 28, 1973, in Vietnam or its contiguous waters or airspa... More
Description
Also -- as the navigator and Executive Officer of the USS Scalpin, Larson was awarded a Bronze Star - the only nuclear submariner to receive such a medal in the Vietnam War.
1971
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Criteria
This medal is awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who: 1. Served for 6 months in South Vietnam during the period 1 Mar 61 and 28 Mar 73; or 2. Served outside the geographical l... More
Description
Description Pending
1971
The White House
The White House
Rank
Lieutenant Commander
NEC
114X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Special Operations
Comments
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Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Commander
1969 - 1971
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal
Criteria
The Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal may be awarded to service members who, while serving in any capacity with the Navy or Marine Corps, distinguish themselves by heroism, outstanding achievem... More
Comments
DATE NOT CONFIRMED ON THIS AWARD -- Larson's major military decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Navy Distinguished Service Medal (7 awards), Legion of Merit (3 awards), the Br... More
1970
White House Military Office (WHMO)
White House Military Office (WHMO)
Rank
Lieutenant Commander
NEC
119X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Special Operations (In Training)
Comments
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Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Commander
1968 - 1968
USS Bergall (SSN-667)
USS Bergall (SSN-667)
Rank
Lieutenant Commander
NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Comments
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Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Commander
1967 - 1968
USS Nathanael Greene (SSBN-636)
USS Nathanael Greene (SSBN-636)
Rank
Lieutenant Commander
NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Comments
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Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Commander
1965 - 1966
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
Criteria
The Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal may be awarded to members of the Armed Forces in the grades of lieutenant commander (or major) and below. It is awarded for meritorious service or achieveme... More
Comments
DATE NOT CONFIRMED ON THIS AWARD -- Larson's major military decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Navy Distinguished Service Medal (7 awards), Legion of Merit (3 awards), the Br... More
1965
USS Nathan Hale (SSBN-623)
USS Nathan Hale (SSBN-623)
Rank
Lieutenant
NEC
117X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare (In Training)
Comments
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Lieutenant Lieutenant
1964 - 1965
Nuclear Power School (Staff), Bainbridge, MD, Naval Nuclear Power Training Command (NNPTC)
Nuclear Power School (Staff), Bainbridge, MD, Naval Nuclear Power Training Command (NNPTC)
Rank
Lieutenant
NEC
117X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare (In Training)
Comments
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Lieutenant Lieutenant
1963 - 1964
USS Shangri-La (CVA-38)
USS Shangri-La (CVA-38)
Rank
Lieutenant
NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Comments
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Lieutenant Lieutenant
1960 - 1963
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
DATE NOT CONFIRMED ON THIS AWARD -- pre-Vietnam Campaign award. -- Larson's major military decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Navy Distinguished Service Medal (7 awards), L... More
1962
National Defense Service Medal (2001-Present))
Criteria
The National Defense Service Medal is awarded for honorable active service as a member of the Armed Forces during the Korean War, Vietnam War, the war against Iraq in the Persian Gulf, and for service... More
Description
Description Pending
1961
Naval Flight Schools
Naval Flight Schools
Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
NEC
137X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Naval Flight Officer ( In Training)
Comments
Comments Pending
Lieutenant Junior Grade Lieutenant Junior Grade
1959 - 1960
Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
Rank
Ensign
NEC
137X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Naval Flight Officer ( In Training)
Comments
Comments Pending
Ensign Ensign
1958 - 1958
Service from 1958
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
Rank
Midshipman
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1954 - 1958

 
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