Baumberger, Walter Harlen, VADM

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Last Rank
Vice Admiral
Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1972-1974, 6th Naval District
Service Years
1934 - 1974
Vice Admiral
Vice Admiral

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Home State
West Virginia
West Virginia
Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
McMechen, WV
Last Address
Carthage, Moore County
North Carolina, USA

Date of Passing
Feb 10, 1995
Location of Interment
Annapolis National Cemetery - Annapolis, Maryland
Wall/Plot Coordinates
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 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 30

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
United States Naval Academy Alumni Association
  1945, United States Naval Academy Alumni Association - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
US Navy Vice Admiral. Baumberger was assigned to the USS New York early in his career as a Lieutenant JG and in World War II he was the Commanding Officer of the destroyer USS English DD-696 from April of 1945 through May of 1946. He was also the Commanding Officer of the USS Canberra CAG2 on it's world cruise in 1960. Baumberger was appointed the Commander Cruiser/Destroyer Force in the Pacific as well as Commander of the U.S. Taiwan Defense Force from August 1970 to September, 1972. He lastly was the Deputy Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet and Commandant of the 6th Naval District, Charleston Navy Yard.
Other Comments:
Navy Distinguished Service Medal - 1974; Legion of Merit - 1965; Legion of Merit - 1967; Navy and Marine Corps Medal - 1945; Bronze Star with Combat V - 1945; American Defense Service Medal - 1939; American Campaign Medal - 1941; Europe/African/Middle Eastern Campaign with one star - 1943 ; Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal with two stars - 1945; World War II Victory Medal - 1945; Navy Occupation Service - 1945; National Defense Service Medal - 1950; National Defense Service Medal - 1961; Philippine Liberation Medal - 1945.

Bronze Star with Combat "V"
Awarded for actions during the World War II

"For meritorious service as Commanding Officer of the USS ENGLISH in operations against enemy Japanese forces in the Pacific Area from April 30 to September 2, 1945…Commander Bumberger directed his ship's participation in operations at Okinawa, Fast Carrier Strikes on the Japanese homeland, and, as part of a support unit, in the occupation of Japan. Displaying outstanding skill in evading and driving off numerous enemy air attacks and successfully carrying out those hazardous assignments without damage to his ship, he materially contributed to many successful bombardment missions and the possible sinking of an enemy submarine… His actions were at all times in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

Action Date: April 30 to September 2, 1945
Service: Navy
Rank: Commander
Company: Commanding Officer
Division: U.S.S. English (DD-696)
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Last Updated: Jun 2, 2017
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Chain of Command
Commander Cruiser-Destroyer Force, Pacific Fleet and received a second Legion of Merit.

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24 Members Also There at Same Time

Ryan, Stevan, LT, (1964-1970) OFF 310X Ensign
Webb, James, CDR, (1964-1984) OFF 310X Ensign
Canfield, Merton, CWO4, (1956-1979) OFF 741X Warrant Officer
Barrett, Jim, CDR, (1950-1982) RD RD-0000 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Haupt, Edwin, CMC, (1954-1978) MM MM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Shaffer, John, CWO3, (1955-1975) FC FC-1141 Chief Petty Officer
Durant, Lyn, MCPO, (1957-1987) DK DK-9508 Petty Officer First Class
Foshee, Arvis, PO1, (1959-1980) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Hughes, Jack, CPO, (1957-1976) RM RM-2343 Petty Officer First Class
Calderale, Rich, PO2, (1966-1969) MU MU-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Clor, David, PO2, (1967-1970) MR MR-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
MacBride, John, PO2, (1961-1967) Petty Officer Second Class
Thoele, Perry, PO2, (1963-1967) PN PN-2526 Petty Officer Second Class
YORK, Allan, PO2, (1959-1965) RM RM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Chenot, Charles, PO2, (1966-1987) MU MU-3809 Petty Officer Third Class
Fanning, Christopher Eugene, PO3, (1963-1967) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Hartley, Lowell, PO3, (1962-1968) RM RM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Johnson, Kirby, PO2, (1966-1969) RM RM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Niell, Michael, PO3, (1965-1968) Seaman
Orr, John, SN, (1966-1969) YN YN-2514 Seaman
Varns, Kenneth, SN, (1963-1967) BM BM-0000 Seaman

Schaller, Martin, LCDR, (1963-1983) OFF 111X Lieutenant Junior Grade

Long, Kelley, PO1, (1960-1973) RM 23CQ Petty Officer Second Class
Griswold, Lee, PO3, (1966-1972) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer Third Class

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