Ramirez de Arellano, Marion, CAPT

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary NEC
SK-9530-Combat Craft Captain
Last Rating/NEC Group
Turret Captain
Primary Unit
1961-1980, Inter American Defense Board (IADB)
Service Years
1935 - 1961
Foreign Language(s)
Spanish
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Deep Dive Diploma
Iwo Jima
Captain
Captain

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Home State
Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
Year of Birth
1913
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Mayaquez
Last Address
Andrews Air Force Base, Washington, D.C.

Date of Passing
May 15, 1980
 
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
64 1541

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin US Navy Retired 20


 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal Cold War Veteran


 Military Association Memberships
Honorable Edward Hidalgo ChapterSociety of the Cincinnati
  1975, Association of Naval Services Officers (ANSO), Honorable Edward Hidalgo Chapter (Adjutant) (Washington DC, District Of Columbia)
  2013, Society of the Cincinnati - Assoc. Page


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aptain Marion Frederic Ramirez de Arellano] (August 5, 1913-May 15, 1980), was a submarine commander in the United States Navy and the first Hispanic submarine commanding officer] He was awarded two Silver Stars, the Legion of Merit, and a Bronze Star for his actions against the Japanese Imperial Navy during World War II.

Ramirez de Arellano was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the capital of the island. When he was just a child, his parents moved for a short period of time to Athens, Georgia where he began grade school. The family soon returned to the island and both his parents found employment as professors at the University of Puerto Rico. Ramirez de Arellano continued his education in Puerto Rico and after he graduated from high school, he attended the University of Puerto Rico for two years.

In 1931, he was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy by Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. who served as Governor of Puerto Rico from 1929 to 1932. Ramirez de Arellano excelled in sports in the Academy, earning varsity letters in soccer, tennis, and gymnastics. He also won the Society of the Cincinnati prize for highest standing in the course for the Department of Languages. He graduated from the Academy in 1935

Upon his graduation, he was commissioned an Ensign and assigned to the USS Ranger, the first ship of the United States Navy to be designed and built from the keel up as an aircraft carrier. He served aboard as Gunnery Officer from 1935 to 1937. From 1937 to 1938, he attended Submarine School at Groton, Connecticut.


In 1938, Ramirez de Arellano was assigned as Division Officer of the USS Pickerel, a Porpoise-class submarine. The Pickerel was training near the Philippines when on December 8, 1941 the islands were attacked by Japan. The Pickerel was ordered to patrol the coast of the islands and on her second war patrol she sank the Kanko Maru, a Japanese vessel, in the Gulf of Davao off Mindanao. He participated in five war patrols with the Pickerel and led the effort to rescue five Navy pilots and one enlisted gunner off Wake Island. He also contributed to the sinking of two Japanese freighters and damaging a third. For his actions, he was awarded a Silver Star Medal and a Legion of Merit Medal.

After a brief stint at the Navy Yard on Mare Island, he was reassigned to the USS Skate, a Balao class submarine. He participated in the Skates first three war patrols and was awarded a second Silver Star Medal for his contributions in the sinking the Japanese light cruiser Agano, on his third patrol. The Agano had survived a previous torpedo attack by submarine
USS Scamp.

In April 1944, Ramirez de Arellano as named Commanding Officer of the USS Balao, thus becoming the first Hispanic submarine commanding officer.[1] He participated in his ship's war patrols 5, 6 and 7. On July 5, 1944, Ramirez de Arellano led the rescue of three downed Navy pilots in the Palau area. On December 4, 1944, the Balao departed from Pearl Harbor to patrol in the Yellow Sea. The Balao engaged and sunk the Japanese cargo ship Daigo Maru on January 8, 1945. Ramirez de Arellano was awarded a Bronze Star with Combat V and a Letter of Commendation.

In February 1945, Ramirez de Arellano worked with submarine relief crews in Submarine Division 202 and he served as Commander of Submarine Division 16.
In May 1946, Ramirez de Arellano was named Commanding Officer of Submarine Base, Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. With the exception of his other two ship commands, the USS Lindenwald (1952-1954) and of the USS Thomaston (1954-1955), Ramirez de Arellano held various administrative and teaching positions among them Assistant to War Plans Officer, Caribbean Sea Frontier, 10th Naval District (1947-1949) and in the Department of Languages, U.S/ Naval Academy (1949-1952). He was War Plans Officer, Joint U.S. Military Group in Madrid, Spain from May 1955 to June 1957 and the Deputy Director of the Inter-American Defense Board in Washington, D.C. from July 1957 to July 1961. On July 1, 1961, Captain Ramirez de Arellano retired from the Navy.

World War II

After a brief stint at the Navy Yard on Mare Island, he was reassigned to the USS Skate, a Balao class submarine. He participated in the Skates first three war patrols and was awarded a second Silver Star Medal for his contributions in the sinking the Japanese light cruiser Agano, on his third patrol. The Agano had survived a previous torpedo attack by submarine USS Scamp.

  

Captain Marion Frederic Ramirez de Arellano (August 5, 1913-May 15, 1980), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, was a submarine commander in the United States Navy who was the first Hispanic submarine commanding officer. He was awarded two Silver Star Medals, the Legion of Merit, and a Bronze Star Medal for his actions against the Japanese Imperial Navy during World War II.

  

Early years

Ramirez de Arellano was born in San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico. When he was just a child, his parents moved for a short period of time to Athens, Georgia where he began grade school. The family soon returned to the island and both his parents found employment as professors at the University of Puerto Rico. Ramirez de Arellano continued his education in Puerto Rico and after he graduated from high school, he attended the University of Puerto Rico for two years.

  

USS Balao, October 25, 1944

In 1938, Ramirez de Arellano was assigned as Division Officer of the USS Pickerel, a Porpoise-class submarine. The Pickerel was training near the Philippines when on December 8, 1941 the islands were attacked by Japan. The Pickerel was ordered to patrol the coast of the islands and on her second war patrol she sank the Kanko Maru, a Japanese vessel, in the Gulf of Davao off Mindanao. He participated in five war patrols with the Pickerel and led the effort to rescue five Navy pilots and one enlisted gunner off Wake Island. He also contributed to the sinking of two Japanese freighters and damaging a third. For his actions, he was awarded a Silver Star Medal and a Legion of

Merit Medal.

  

In April 1944, Ramirez de Arellano as named Commanding Officer of the USS Balao, thus becoming the first Hispanic submarine commander. He participated in his ship's war patrols 5, 6 and 7. On July 5, 1944, Ramirez de Arellano led the rescue of three downed Navy pilots in the Palau area. On December 4, 1944, the Balao departed from Pearl Harbor to patrol in the Yellow Sea. The Balao engaged and sunk the Japanese cargo ship Daigo Maru on January 8, 1945. Ramirez de Arellano was awarded a Bronze Star Medal with Combat V and a Letter of Commendation.  In February 1945, Ramirez de Arellano worked with submarine relief crews in Submarine Division 202 and he served as Commander of Submarine Division 16.

 

Post-World War II

In May 1946, Ramirez de Arellano was named Commanding Officer of Submarine Base, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. With the exception of his other two ship commands, the USS Lindenwald (1952-1954) and of the USS Thomaston (1954-1955), Ramirez de Arellano held various administrative and teaching positions among them Assistant to War Plans Officer, Caribbean Sea Frontier, 10th Naval District (1947-1949) and in the Department of Languages, U.S/ Naval Academy (1949-1952). He was War Plans Officer, Joint U.S. Military Group in Madrid, Spain from May 1955 to June 1957 and the Deputy Director of the Inter-American Defense Board in Washington, DC from July 1957 to July 1961. On July 1, 1961, Captain Ramirez de Arellano retired from the Navy.

  

Personal

Ramirez de Arellano was married to Isabel Judson Mysie with whom he had three sons. He died on May 15, 1980 at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington, D.C.

 

 Awards and decorations

Among Ramirez de Arellano's military decorations were the following:

Silver Star Medal with a Gold Star in lieu of a second Silver Star Medal

Bronze Star Medal

Legion of Merit

Navy Distinguished Service Medal

American Defense Service Medal

Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal

World War II Victory Medal

 

 

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Submarine Officers Warfare insignia

   
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  1954-1955, USS Thomaston (LSD-28)

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Unit
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Rank
Captain

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Location
Pascagoula

Country/State
Mississippi
 
 
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USS Thomaston (LSD-28)
Hull number LSD-28

Type
Surface Vessels

Existing/Disbanded
Decommissioned

Parent Unit
Thomaston-class

Strength
Amphibious

Created/Owned By
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Last Updated: Jun 12, 2018
   
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Thomaston (LSD-28) was laid down on 3 March 1953 at Pascagoula, Miss., by the Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp., launched on 9 February 1954, sponsored by Mrs. Mathias B. Gardner; and commissioned on 17 September 1954, Capt. Marion F. Ramirez de Arellano in command.

   
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USS Thomaston (LSD-28)

Reilly, Vincent, PO2, (1954-1956) RD RD-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Williams, James Elliot, CPO, (1947-1967) BM BM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
ELLIS, JAMES, FN, (1952-1956) FN FN-0000 Fireman

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