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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Home State
Ohio
Ohio
Year of Birth
1919
 
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Youngstown

Date of Passing
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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Commander, Naval Surface Force, Pacific (COMNAVSURFPAC)/DESRON 1

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DESRON 1

Gay, David, PO2, (1965-1970) ST STG-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
COMCARSTRKGRU NINE (CCSG-9)

Schmolze, John, PO3, (1964-1968) CYN CYN-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
COMDESRON 15

Sharp, Thomas C., PO3, (1965-1969) Petty Officer Third Class
Michaelson, Thomas, PO3, (1963-1969) TM TM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
COMDESRON 3

Smedberg, William, PO3, (1968-1972) GM GMM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Gibson, David, FN, (1967-1969) MM MM-0000 Fireman
COMDESRON 30

Pendergast, Tom, CAPT, (1959-1999) OFF 111X Lieutenant
COMDESRON 7

Davis, James, PO1, (1961-1970) Petty Officer First Class
White, Steve, PO3, (1966-1970) Petty Officer Third Class
COMLCSRON ONE

Ball, Leonard, CPO, (1968-1998) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Commander, Naval Surface Force, Pacific (COMNAVSURFPAC)

Fairfield, Jerry, CPO, (1958-1977) AT AT-8228 Chief Petty Officer
Cruiser Destroyer Group 1

Settle, Gene, PO3, (1963-1970) MU MU-3806 Petty Officer Third Class
DESRON 13

Saulnier, Steven, CAPT, (1964-1996) OFF 000X Captain
Patterson, Robert, CWO3, (1952-1974) 00 00-0000 Chief Warrant Officer 3
Hill, Robert, PO2, (1965-1969) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Martinez, Alfred, PO2, (1964-1969) RM RM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Kopsho, George, PO2, (1967-1971) EM EM-0000 Fireman
DESRON 17

Day, Paul, PO2, (1967-1971) RD RD-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
DESRON 21

Harms, Douglas, MCPO, (1952-1970) MM MM-3302 Master Chief Petty Officer
Coker, Dennis, PO1, (1965-1974) BT BT-4513 Petty Officer First Class
Hart, Heber, PO1, (1960-1968) FT FT-1156 Petty Officer First Class
Foster, George, PO3, (1964-1968) GMG GMG-0872 Petty Officer Third Class
DESRON 23

DOAK, Joseph, CAPT, (1944-1974) Captain
Marchetti, Philip, PO2, (1967-1973) Petty Officer Third Class
Trela, Stan, PO2, (1964-1968) RM RM-2342 Petty Officer Second Class
West, Carl, PO2, (1965-1969) STG STG-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
McNamara, Raymond, PO3, (1964-1968) FTG FTG-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Loyd, Kenneth, PO1, (1968-1983) GMG Seaman
DESRON 25

Lindseth, Al, PO3, (1965-1971) Petty Officer Third Class
Hensley, John, PO2, (1965-1971) RM RM-2313 Petty Officer Second Class
Ryan, George, PO3, (1967-1971) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
DESRON 29

Sobilo, Art, MCPO, (1961-1994) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer First Class
DESRON 31

Robinson, Rembrandt Cecil, RADM, (1944-1972) OFF 111X Captain
DESRON 5

Cameron, Alan, CAPT OFF 111X Captain
Gaston, Mack, RADM, (1964-1995) OFF Lieutenant
Robinson, Mark, PO2, (1965-1969) RD RD-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
DESRON 9

Voida, George, PO2, (1964-1968) ETR ETR-0000 Petty Officer Second Class

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