Arnold, Jackson D., ADM

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131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
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1970-1971, Navy Material Command (NAVMAT)
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1934 - 1971

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                          Commander Carrier Air Group Two
                                      USS Hornet (CVA-12)

              The USS Hornet.

WASHINGTON, July 1, 1946 - Thirteen aircraft carriers which bore the brunt of the Pacific air-sea offensive were singled out for special honors today. Eight of them were awarded the presidential unit citation. The other five received the Navy unit commendation.

The carriers receiving the Presidential unit citation were the ESSEX, HORNET, LEXINGTON, BUNKER HILL, YORKTOWN, SAN JACINTO, CABOT and BELLEAU WOOD. Those awarded Navy unit commendations were the ENTERPRISE, HANCOCK, WASP, COWPENS and LANGLEY.

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                                       Attack on Pearl Harbor

During the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941, then-Lieutenant Arnold made his way to Pearl Harbor under fire. After quite a bit of trouble convincing the crew of a whaleboat to take him to Ford Island, his normal duty station, he finally got to the island. There, during the middle of the first wave’s attack, he fired up the only flyable Wildcat fighter on the island. A ground crew member crawled up on the wing telling him, “You can’t take this airplane!” “The heck I can’t, get off my wing!” Arnold replied. “But it doesn’t have any ammunition!” came the response.

Arnold jumped out of the airplane near the base of the airfield control tower and picked up a Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) from a Marine who did not need it anymore. A member of the All Navy Pistol Team and a longtime pistol and bird shooter, Arnold was an excellent marksman, and shot down a torpedo plane coming in to strafe the new control tower next to which he was standing. The plane crashed on the field. Between the two waves, Jack and a couple of sailors went over to look at the wreckage. Discovering it belonged to the first wave’s Torpedo Squadron Commander, they drank the downed pilot's sake and returned to the battle. That kill from the ground was later to make Jack the only known pilot who shot down five aircraft (one with a BAR, two with an Avenger torpedo bomber, and two with a Hellcat fighter) who was not an ace.

During the lull between attacks he commandeered a motor whaleboat and began picking up survivors from Arizona and other ships in the harbor. The first person his boat pulled from the water was the Petty Officer in Charge of the Number Four turret on Arizona. Jack did not recognize him as he looked like a seal, black with oil head to toe.

Before leaving Pearl Harbor, he married Muriel McChesney on 16 January 1942.

                         The Job of Air Group Commander (CAG)
At the Battle of the Philippine Sea, he was handed a contact report that indicated the possible presence of the enemy fleet at a point too far west for a round-trip flight. Eager for battle, he declared that regardless of how far west the enemy was found, he would lead an attack, regroup as many planes as possible, and fly eastward until fuel ran out. He felt that a mass ditching would allow the downed aircrews to support each other until the arrival of the task force, which would be summoned to their location with Morse code messages prior to ditching.[3] During the actual attack, he personally scored a damaging near miss on the aircraft carrier Zuikaku, then led his flight back to base and assisted several in his group in landing in darkness under extremely difficult conditions before boarding the carrier himself, a feat for which he was awarded the Navy Cross.

Hornet and her Air Group supported operations in Palau, Guam, Iwo Jima, Saipan and Tinian and the Battle of the Philippine Sea. During the cruise, he flew 165 combat hours, made 4 Japanese aircraft kills, and was awarded two Navy Crosses, a Silver Star, a Distinguished Service Medal, two Distinguished Flying Crosses and seven Air Medals. Air Group Two finished the war after two cruises as the Pacific’s highest scoring Air Group in terms of tonnage sunk and the second in terms of air-to-air kills.

                                     Chief of Naval Material

Receiving promotion to vice admiral from Admiral Ignatius J. Galantin (right), 1969.

After another staff tour, Arnold attended Harvard University, where he got his Masters in Business Administration in 1952.[3] Subsequent assignments in the various Bureaus of Aeronautics, Weapons and Materiel, culminating in an assignment as the Force Material Officer on the staff of Commander Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet in 1963,[1] gave Arnold a well-rounded background which made him the logical choice to succeed Admiral Ignatius J. Galantin as the final Chief of the Bureau of Naval Materiel and the first Commander of the newly formed Naval Material Command. The fact that he kept current as a Naval Aviator made him a standout choice for promotion.

He became Deputy Chief of Naval Material for Logistic Support in 1966, Vice Chief of Naval Material in 1967,[1] and Chief of Naval Material in June 1970.[5] He was advanced to the rank of full admiral on October 14, 1970,[6] the first restricted line officer to attain that rank.

He retired from the Navy on November 30, 1971,[6] and was replaced at Naval Material Command by a longtime friend and shipmate, Admiral Isaac C. Kidd, Jr..

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USS Arizona (BB-39)
Pennsylvania Class Battleship: Displacement 31,400 Tons, Dimensions, 608' 6" (oa) x 97' 1" x 29' 10" (Max). Armament 12 x 14"/45 14 x 5"/51, 4 x 3"/50 2 x 21" tt. Armor, 13 1/2" Belt, 18" Turrets, 3" +2" Decks, 16" Conning Tower. Machinery, 34,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 4 screws. Speed, 21 Knots, Crew 915. Operational and Building Data: Laid down by New York Naval Ship Yard, March 16, 1914. Launched June 19, 1915. Commissioned October 17, 1916. Decommissioned (War Loss). Stricken December 1, 1942. Fate: Sunk by Japanese aircraft during attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, December 7 1941. Arizona still rests in the berth where she sank. A Memorial to her crew was built over the wreck in 1962. 1,177 Officers and Men were lost with the ship and remain on duty inside her rusting hulk. The wreck is still bleeding fuel oil, more than 70 years after her sinking.

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Bennion, Mervyn Sharp, CAPT, (1910-1941) Commander
Ryan Jr., Thomas John, RADM, (1921-1950) Lieutenant
Harlfinger II, Frederick, VADM, (1935-1974) Ensign
Moore, John Anderson, CDR, (1932-1944) Ensign
Marshall, Claude, CPO, (1935-1957) Petty Officer First Class
Craig, James Edwin, LCDR, (1918-1941) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Higginbotham, Grover Stanley, CAPT, (1935-1964) OFF 110X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Carter, Paxton Turner, P.C., (1934-1941) WO WO Pay Clerk (WO)
Royer, Amedee, CPO, (1925-1955) RM RM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Chace, Raymond Vincent, CPO, (1920-1941) SK SK-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Molpus, Richard Preston, CPO, (1919-1941) ME ME-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Wilson, Comer Anderson, CPO, (1930-1941) BM BM-0000 Chief Boatswain's Mate
Arrant, John Anderson, PO1, (1936-1941) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Bangert, John Henry, PO1, (1936-1941) FC FC-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Bishop, Grover, PO1, (1936-1941) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Charlton, Charles Nicholas, PO1, (1930-1941) WT WT-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Murdock, Charles Luther, PO1, (1935-1941) WT WT-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Sather, William Ford, PO1, (1936-1941) PM PM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Nelson, Henry Clarence, PO1, (1933-1941) BM BM-0000 Boatswain's Mate 1st Class
Bernard, Frank Peter, PO2, (1935-1941) SF SF-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Hendrickson, Carl, CPO, (1928-1954) GM GM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Ray, Harry Joseph, PO2, (1926-1941) BM BM-0000 Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class
Bellamy, James Curtis, PO3, (1936-1941) SC SC-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Malson, Harry Lynn, PO3, (1935-1941) SK SK-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Anderson, Irwin Corinthias, S1c, (1936-1941) MAT MATT-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Brown, Byron, LCDR, (1935-1955) BM BM-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Phares, Don, PO1, (1933-1955) MU MU-3805 Seaman

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