King, Jerome H. Jr., VADM

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Vice Admiral
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111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
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Line Officer
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1972-1974, CNO - OPNAV/Surface Warfare OPNAV N86
Service Years
1941 - 1974
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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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Ward, Norvell, RADM, (1935-1973) Rear Admiral Lower Half
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CLARK, Asa, CAPT, (1937-1967) Captain
Hays, Ronald, ADM, (1950-1988) Captain
Snyder, Edwin Knowlson, VADM, (1943-1977) Captain
Eckhouse, Morton, CDR, (1950-1977) Commander
Eckhouse, Morton, CDR, (1950-1977) Commander
Taylor, Edmund Battelle, CAPT, (1953-1972) Lieutenant Commander
Snyder, Stephen, CAPT, (1959-1982) Lieutenant
Gschwend, David, CDR, (1957-1992) Petty Officer First Class
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Clarey, Bernard, ADM, (1934-1973) OFF 112X Admiral
McDonald, David Lamar, ADM, (1928-1967) OFF 131X Admiral
Clarey, Bernard, ADM, (1934-1973) OFF 112X Vice Admiral
Benson, Roy, RADM, (1929-1969) OFF 112X Rear Admiral Upper Half
Paine, Jr., Roger Warde, RADM, (1939-1972) OFF 112X Rear Admiral Upper Half
Abbot, James L., RADM, (1935-1974) OFF 131X Rear Admiral Lower Half
Abbot, James L., RADM, (1935-1974) OFF 131X Captain
Bergner, Allen Alfred, RADM, (1940-1972) OFF 112X Captain
Cauble, Lawrence, CAPT, (1942-1968) OFF 131X Captain
Crowe, William James, ADM, (1946-1989) OFF 112X Captain
Delano, Victor, CAPT, (1937-1969) OFF 111X Captain
Gadow, John, CAPT, (1954-1990) OFF 163X Captain
Kidd, Jr., Isaac, ADM, (1941-1978) OFF 111X Captain
Lacouture, John Edwin, CAPT, (1936-1970) OFF 131X Captain
McKenzie, Robert Palmer, RADM, (1941-1982) OFF 131X Captain
Smith, Joseph, CAPT OFF 131X Captain
Colbus, Louis, CAPT, (1949-1983) OFF 111X Commander
Leahy, John Patrick, CAPT, (1947-1979) OFF 112X Commander
Raper, Albert, CDR, (1954-1974) OFF 112X Commander
Ryder, John, CAPT, (1948-1973) OFF 161X Commander
Shepherd, Burton Hale, RADM, (1945-1978) OFF 131X Commander
Tsantes, George, CAPT, (1955-1983) OFF 111X Commander
WHITE, Charles, CDR, (1949-1973) OFF 131X Commander
Sudholz, Herman, CDR, (1959-1985) OFF 000X Lieutenant Commander
Gomez, Alvar, RDML, (1959-1992) OFF 111X Lieutenant
Pazak, Jerry, LT, (1961-1969) OFF 111X Lieutenant
Sprinkle, Gene, CPO, (1959-1981) YN YN-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Benedict, David, CPO, (1955-1975) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Fleming, James F., CPO, (1959-1979) YN YN-2505 Petty Officer First Class
Fujimori, Henry, PO1, (1959-1969) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer First Class
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Landick, Richard, CDR, (1960-1994) YN YN-2514 Petty Officer First Class
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Perry, Eugene, CDR, (1959-1992) YN YN-2514 Petty Officer First Class
Perry, Eugene, CDR, (1959-1992) YN YN-2514 Petty Officer First Class
Schreiber, Darrell, SCPO, (1960-1982) YN YN-2505 Petty Officer First Class

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