King, Jerome H. Jr., VADM

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Last Rank
Vice Admiral
Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1972-1974, CNO - OPNAV/Surface Warfare OPNAV N86
Service Years
1941 - 1974
Vice Admiral
Vice Admiral

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Ohio
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Year of Birth
1919
 
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Jun 18, 2008
 
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In 1941 King graduated from Yale University and received his naval commission through the NROTC program. He is perhaps the first NROTC graduate to achieve three-star rank in the U.S. Navy. He spent most of World War II serving in two light cruisers, the Trenton (CL-11) and Mobile (CL-63). Later in the 1940s he was officer in charge of a school for gunner's mate training in Anacostia, D.C., executive officer of the destroyer Moale (DD-693), and attended postgraduate school to learn about nuclear weapons. In the 1950s served on the staff of the Surface Antisubmarine Development Detachment of the Operational Development Force, commanded the destroyer Bache (DDE-470), was the nuclear weapons requirements officer on the OpNav staff, and a student in at the Naval War College. While on the staff of Commander Carrier Division Six, he served under two future CNOs, George Anderson and Thomas Moorer. Later he commanded Destroyer Division 601, Nuclear Weapons Training Center, Atlantic, and the destroyer tender Yellowstone (AD-27). He was planning officer on the Seventh Fleet staff when the Vietnam War began in earnest in the mid-1960s. Later in that decade he was executive assistant to CNOs David McDonald and Thomas Moorer, Commander Destroyer Squadron One and Commander Antisubmarine Warfare Group One. In the latter capacity he presided in 1969 over the international inquiry into the collision between the Australian carrier Melbourne and U.S. destroyer Frank E. Evans (DD-754). Following duty in OpNav, in the spring of 1970 he succeeded Vice Admiral Elmo Zumwalt as Commander Naval Forces Vietnam. He had a difficult, frustrating tour as the war was winding down. He concluded his career in Washington as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Surface Warfare) and as J-3 on the Joint Staff. He retired from active duty in 1974. The oral history contains a detailed description of his battle against lung cancer in the 1990s. King passed away in 2008.

   
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Moorer, Thomas, ADM, (1933-1974) Vice Admiral
Murphy, James Howard, LT, (1965-1966) Lieutenant
Murphy, James Howard, LT, (1965-1966) Lieutenant
MacBride, John, PO2, (1961-1967) Petty Officer Second Class
REYER, ROBERT, PO2, (1962-1966) Petty Officer Third Class
Sharp, Thomas C., PO3, (1965-1969) Petty Officer Third Class
Woody, Gene, PO1, (1961-1983) Seaman
Greer, Howard E., VADM, (1941-1978) OFF 131X Captain
Beard, Donald Wayne, LCDR, (1949-1964) OFF 131X Lieutenant Commander
Hastings, Richard Warren, LT, (1964-1966) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Lahr, Joseph, SCPO, (1960-1981) RM RM-2319 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Sudderth, Tim, PO2, (1963-1967) YN YN-2514 Petty Officer Second Class
Brown, Gene, PO2, (1961-1968) MU MU-3806 Petty Officer Third Class
Lowe, Gary, PO2, (1964-1970) LI LI-0000 Seaman
Woody, Gene, PO1, (1961-1983) RM RM-0000 Seaman
Winstead, Ronnie, FA, (1965-1967) FA FA-0000 Fireman Apprentice
Commander Service Group 3 (COMSERVGRU 3)

Lantz, Roscoe, MCPO, (1958-1985) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group, 7th Fleet

Lindseth, Al, PO3, (1965-1971) Fireman
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Carr, Robert, PO2, (1955-1968) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Holly, Gary, PO2, (1958-1964) RM RM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Det. C, Saigon, RVN

Dale, Paul, PO3, (1962-1968) JO JO-8148 Petty Officer Third Class
Task force 77

Micheel, Vernon Larsen, CAPT, (1940-1972) OFF 131X Captain

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