NANCE, James, Jr., RADM

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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1977-1979, CNO - OPNAV/Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO)
Service Years
1940 - 1979
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
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Home Town
Monroe, North Carolina
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Date of Passing
May 11, 1999
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Presidential Service Badge US Navy Retired 30

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Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, January 1981 — January 1982.

James Wilson “Bud” Nance Jr., son of Colonel James W. Nance and Mary Elizabeth Monroe, was born in Monroe, North Carolina, where he and Jesse Helms grew up two blocks from each other. He attended what is now North Carolina State University and graduated from the Naval Academy in 1944. Nance also has a master’s degree in international relations from George Washington University.

During World War II, Nance was assigned to the battleship USS North Carolina. After the war, he completed flight training and served as a flight instructor at the Naval Air Basic Training Command of at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida. He was assigned to exchange duty with the British Royal Navy in 1953 and when he returned to the US in 1955, he was project pilot with the Flight Test Division at the Naval Air Test Center (Patuxent River, MD).

Nance served as the senior naval officer on the staff of the commander of US forces in Europe when Alexander Haig held the combined job of US and NATO commander. He also held strategic and planning posts in the Pentagon and was commander of the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal.  He attained the rank of Rear Admiral on September 1, 1970. His final tour of duty in the Navy was as Assistant Vice-Chief of Naval Operations.

During the SALT II deliberations, Nance served as a consultant to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. In 1981, he joined the White House as President Reagan’s deputy assistant for national security affairs, and for a brief time, he was acting chief special assistant for national security affairs, temporarily replacing Richard V. Allen.  In 1982 he served as director of the Private Sector Survey on Cost Control in the Federal Government.

After leaving the White House, Admiral Nance worked for Boeing Military Airplane Co., where he was manager of Navy systems. In 1991, Admiral Nance was asked by his childhood friend, Jesse Helms, to join the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as staff director to help improve the staff’s efficiency. He served in this position until his death on May 11, 1999. Admiral Nance died from complications of myelodysplasia, a preliminary form of leukemia at the age of 77.

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276 Members Also There at Same Time
USS Forrestal (CVA-59)

Bonnel, Gordon A, LCDR, (1956-1981) Lieutenant Commander
Williams, Alton, LT, (1952-1973) Chief Warrant Officer 2
McPherson, Richard, PO3, (1969-1973) Chief Petty Officer
Green, Donn, CWO3, (1961-1984) Petty Officer First Class
Lee, Delmer, PO1, (1958-1977) Petty Officer First Class
Shannon, William, PO1, (1966-1970) Petty Officer First Class
Wilson, Gary, PO1, (1962-1968) Petty Officer First Class
DRESSEN, Randy, PO2, (1965-1969) Petty Officer Second Class
Hassell, Jimmy, PO2, (1966-1970) Petty Officer Second Class
Howard, Lance, PO2, (1968-1974) Petty Officer Second Class
Lazo, Salvador, CPO, (1964-1989) Petty Officer Second Class
Odabashian, Robert, PO2, (1968-1972) Petty Officer Second Class
Peck, David, SCPO, (1962-1987) Petty Officer Second Class
Savage, Philip, PO2, (1967-1971) Petty Officer Second Class
Skipper, Gregory, PO2, (1967-1971) Petty Officer Second Class
Brighthaupt, Robert, PO1, (1968-1990) Petty Officer Third Class
Holl, Ronald, PO3, (1967-1971) Petty Officer Third Class
Sheppard, Mike, PO1, (1969-1989) Petty Officer Third Class
Stark, Don, PO3, (1965-1969) Petty Officer Third Class
Timmons, Timothy, PO3, (1966-1972) Petty Officer Third Class
Abarientos, Antonio, PO2, (1969-1979) Seaman
Abernathy, John, SN, (1968-1972) Seaman
Johnson, Lance, FN, (1968-1975) Fireman
Lahrman, Sandy Fireman
Keller, Robert, PO1, (1966-1992) Airman
Mitchell, Gary, PO1, (1966-1986) Airman
Mehle, Roger William, RADM, (1937-1970) OFF 131X Rear Admiral Upper Half
Baldwin, Robert B., VADM, (1941-1980) OFF 131X Captain
Barso, David, CDR, (1962-1978) OFF 154X Commander
Creed, William, LCDR, (1947-1973) OFF 154X Lieutenant Commander
Theriault, Gail OFF 111X Lieutenant Commander
Theriault, Gail OFF 111X Lieutenant Commander
Klugman, Marc, LT, (1969-1972) OFF 110X Lieutenant
Wark, Robert, LT, (1964-1970) OFF 130X Lieutenant
Kingston, Dave, CDR, (1964-1986) OFF 310X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Decker, James, (1968-1970) LI LI-0000 Other Service Rank
White Sr, Richard B, CWO2, (1956-1976) OFF 732X Chief Warrant Officer 2
Fort, Rommie, LT, (1947-1972) RD RD-0312 Master Chief Petty Officer
Blankenship, Thomas, SCPO, (1960-1981) AK AK-0000 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Browne, Robert, SCPO, (1952-1979) AZ AZ-0000 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Freeman, Charles, MCPO, (1954-1974) EM Senior Chief Petty Officer
Hendon, Clarence, SCPO, (1950-1972) 00 8351 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Pringle, Lawrence "Bud", SCPO, (1954-1984) AC AC-6904 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Smith, Harold, SCPO, (1961-1980) DP Senior Chief Petty Officer
Bartleson, John, CWO4, (1954-1984) MN MN-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Hamilton, John, CPO, (1940-1970) MR MR-0000 Chief Petty Officer
James, Albert, CPO, (1954-1976) BT BT-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Lassiter, Stanely Burton, SCPO, (1956-1978) AE AE-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Plackett, William, MCPON, (1956-1988) RM RM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Black, Lonnie, SCPO, (1958-1978) EOD EOD-5332 Petty Officer First Class
Clark, Gerald, PO1, (1956-1975) PH PH-8288 Petty Officer First Class
Ellison, Carl, PO1, (1965-1969) BT BT-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Farris, Michael, PO1, (1966-1972) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Horton, Kenneth, PO1, (1961-1972) RM RM-2318 Petty Officer First Class
Kern, Ralph, CPO, (1957-1977) DT DT-8753 Petty Officer First Class
Kinney, Mickey, CPO, (1960-1980) BT BT-4513 Petty Officer First Class
Lyon, Don, PO1, (1947-1971) AMS AMS-8215 Petty Officer First Class
Merten, Terry, MCPO, (1959-1990) MM Petty Officer First Class
Miller, Harold, CPO, (1958-1978) AK AK-0000 Petty Officer First Class

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