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
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Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
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Monroe, North Carolina
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Date of Passing
May 11, 1999
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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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  1956-1958, NAS Patuxent River (NASPAX)

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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).

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NAS Patuxent River (NASPAX)

Hays, Ronald, ADM, (1950-1988) Lieutenant
Williams, Alton, LT, (1952-1973) Petty Officer Second Class
Saldeen, Marvin, PO3, (1957-1961) Petty Officer Third Class
Bellinger, Jr, Lewis, CPO, (1958-1977) Airman
Garner, Richard, MCPO, (1955-1978) Airman
La Londe, Jean, PO3, (1957-1962) Airman Apprentice
Hartik, Lorraine, CDR, (1954-1984) 00 Commander
Shepard, Alan B., RADM, (1944-1974) 00 00-0000 Lieutenant Commander
Hall, Charles, CPO, (1953-1974) AD AD-8319 Chief Petty Officer
Henderson, Raymon, CPO, (1941-1961) AD AD-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Prorok, Terry, CPO, (1958-1985) AC AC-6904 Chief Petty Officer
Holly, James, PO1, (1957-1980) AD AD-8251 Petty Officer First Class
Turner, Charles, PO1, (1957-1977) AC AC-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Collins, Patrick B., SCPO, (1951-1970) EN EN-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Kreider, Harlan, PO2, (1953-1957) AT AT-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Walton, Larry, PO2, (1957-1960) AT Petty Officer Second Class
Arcuri, Jr., Frank, PO3, (1956-1960) AD ADR-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Donovan, Robert, PO3, (1952-1956) AD AD-8257 Petty Officer Third Class
Brice, George, CPO, (1958-1976) LI LI-0000 Seaman
Manning, Carroll, SN, (1956-1962) PN PN-0000 Seaman
Sharland, Joseph, PO3, (1958-1962) SN SN-9720 Seaman
Kargas, Peter, AN, (1955-1959) AK AK-0000 Airman
Varas, John, AN, (1955-1959) AD ADJ-0000 Airman
Thurston, Donald, AN, (1958-1962) OFF 1710 Airman Apprentice
Carpenter, Malcolm Scott, CDR, (1943-1969) Lieutenant
MITCHELL, John, CAPT, (1947-1978) Lieutenant
Eggleston, Glenn, PO3, (1957-1961) Airman
Janeke, Peter, PO3, (1958-1964) Airman
SMITH, RAYMOND L, PO3, (1955-1959) Fireman Apprentice

Nelson, Jay, MCPO, (1955-1978) Petty Officer Third Class
Cull, Barney A., SN, (1950-1959) Special Agent
Airborne Early Warning Training Unit Atlantic (AEWTULANT)

Long, Earnest, (1957-1963) Airman
Harmon, David, SCPO, (1940-1962) Chief Petty Officer
Naval Air Test Center (NATC) PAX

Earnest, Albert, CAPT, (1941-1972) Captain
Engen, Donald, VADM, (1942-1978) Commander
Paul, Duane, CPO, (1958-1988) Airman
Bellew, Michael F.X., CDR, (1942-1969) OFF 310X Commander
Hayward, Thomas B., ADM, (1943-1982) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Hoover, Don, SCPO, (1951-1970) AT AT-6611 Petty Officer First Class
FARREL, BILL, PO2, (1956-1960) AD AD-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
MERZ, CHARLES, PO1, (1955-1976) AD AD-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Byers, Donald, PO3, (1952-1956) AK AK-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
CALIGER, ARLINE, CPO, (1957-1989) HM HM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Grady, James C, PO3, (1954-1957) PN PN-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
LEONARD, EDWARD, PO3, (1957-1963) OFF 121X Petty Officer Third Class
Keane, John, S1c, (1957-1960) PR PR-0000 Seaman
Keane, John, S1c, (1957-1960) PR PR-0000 Seaman
Duke, Bernard, AR, (1957-1960) AK AK-0000 Airman Recruit
Lovell, James/Jim, CAPT, (1952-1973) Ensign

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