Lowry, Frank Jacob, VADM

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Vice Admiral
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1947-1950, NAVSTA Mare Island, CA
Service Years
1911 - 1950
Vice Admiral
Vice Admiral

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Home State
Iowa
Iowa
Year of Birth
1888
 
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Home Town
Cresco, IA
Last Address
Vallejo, CA

Date of Passing
Mar 26, 1955
 
Location of Interment
Buried at Sea, Pacific Ocean
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Ashes scattered from the Cruiser Bremerton.

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Admiral Lowry began his naval career with his appointment to the Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland in 1907. He was graduated in June, 1911. He first served at Mare Island in 1919, when he assumed command of the receiving ship and training station, following Atlantic patrol duty in World War I. His work between the two world wars included assignment to Guam, the Naval College at Newport, Rhode Island, duty on the battleships California and New York, at the University of California as professor of Naval science and tactics, command of the U.S.S. Hale, training work and a Washington tour in the bureau of navigation.

In 1940 he took command of the heavy cruiser, "
Minneapolis" at Pearl Harbor, and the ship was the entrance to the harbor standing by to escort a convoy to Manila when the Japanese attacked. During the first year of the war, the "Minneapolis" operated in the southwest Pacific, and rescued 850 of the crew of the Lexington, which was sunk in the battle of the Coral Sea. This action resulted in the Navy Cross award for Admiral Lowry.

He also participated in the battle of Midway, the first landing at
Guadalcanal, and the battle of the Eastern Solomons, where the "Minneapolis" towed the torpedoed "Saratoga" from the danger area.

He served briefly on stateside duty in 1942 and was then named commander of the
Morocean Sea frontier, with headquarters at Casablanca. He then took command of the landing craft and bases at Salerno, Italy, and in November, 1943, became commander of the eighth Amphibian force.

Under his command the combined
United States and British naval forces planned and assaulted the beaches at Anzio in January, 1944. He then commanded the landing in Southern France in August, 1944, and returned to the United States to organize and amphibious group for the invasion of Japan. When the war ended, he was ordered to Germany to serve under General Patton. He was named area commander of Mare Island, October 30, 1947, succeeding Vice Admiral Mahlan D. Tisdale, the first to hold the area command position.

Admiral Lowry was awarded 21 medals, ranging from the highest Navy honor and Navy cross, to six decorations from foreign governments.

He retired from active duty as commander of the
Mare Island
in March, 1950.
   
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Navy Cross
Awarded for Actions During WWII
General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 311 (February 1943)
Action Date: May 7 & 8, 1942
Service: Navy
Rank: Captain
Company: Commanding Officer
Division: U.S.S. Minneapolis (CA-36)
Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Captain Frank Jacob Lowry, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Heavy Cruiser U.S.S. MINNEAPOLIS (CA-36), during operations in Coral Sea on 7 and 8 May 1942 . Under Captain Lowry's skillful direction, his ship during this action inflicted considerable damage on the enemy Japanese and rendered vital protection to the aircraft carrier to which it was assigned. Captain Lowry's inspiring leadership and the valiant devotion to duty of his command contributed in large measure to the outstanding success of these vital missions and reflect great credit upon the United States Naval Service.
   
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  1926-1927, USS California (BB-44)

Lieutenant Commander

From Month/Year
May / 1926

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- / 1927

Unit
USS California (BB-44) Unit Page

Rank
Lieutenant Commander

NEC
Not Specified

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USS California (BB-44)
        Hull number BB-44

Launched: Nov. 20, 1919

Photo from 1921.































On Dec 7th she was docked at Pearl Harbor: Battleship Row; forward of the Maryland and Oklahoma

Fate: The California was struck by two torpedoes and one bomb. The first torpedo hit at 8:05 a.m.; the second came moments later. With a gaping hole in the ship, it started capsizing. Despite efforts to bail water from the ship, it sank to the harbor bottom after three days of progressive flooding.

Crew: 2,200

Deceased: 105

The ship was raised via cofferdams, moved to the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard on April, 1942, with repairs to her cage mainmast and all six 14" forward guns were removed to facilitate her refloating.  It took until January, 1944 for the ship's total reconstruction but it was a match for most of the newer US battleships in all but it's main guns (still 14").

An after view of the USS California.


































January, 1945, the USS California was hit by a Japanese kamikaze where 44 of her crew died and 155 injured.  Battle repairs were made to keep her battle-worthy and on station.  She stayed on station until the end of the month and returned to Puget Sound for repairs.  She was back on station for the landings at Okinawa and from there until the Japanese surrender in mid-August.

Of historical interest is that after the official end of WWII, the USS California was still on duty and after different assignments in Philippines and other areas in SE Asia, she returned to the US on Dec 7, 1945 - exactly 4 years to the day of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Decommissioned: Feb. 14, 1947

Sold for scrap in 1959.


Type
Surface Vessels

Existing/Disbanded
Decommissioned

Parent Unit
Tennessee-class

Strength
Battleship

Created/Owned By
Not Specified
   

Last Updated: Mar 24, 2019
   
   
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13 Members Also There at Same Time
USS California (BB-44)

Scott, Norman Nicholas, RADM, (1907-1942) OFF Lieutenant Commander
Kirtland, Frederick Durrel, VADM, (1916-1953) OFF Lieutenant
Crouch, Edwin Mason, CAPT, (1917-1945) OFF Lieutenant Junior Grade
Bruton, Henry Chester, RADM, (1926-1960) OFF Ensign
WILSON, Ralph, VADM, (1924-1960) OFF 116X Ensign
Bloch, Claude Charles, ADM, (1899-1946) Captain
Standley, William Harrison, ADM, (1895-1937) Captain
Gygax, Felix Xerxes, RADM, (1907-1946) Commander
Workman, Robert DuBois, RADM, (1905-1947) OFF 410X Commander
Donaho, Glynn, VADM, (1927-1967) Ensign
Breeman, George, CPO, (1902-1929) TC TC-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Niemi, Walfred Oscar, PO1, (1924-1929) BM Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class
Neff, Edward, SN, (1924-1930) Seaman

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