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Home Town Mobile, Alabama
Last Address Huntsville, Alabama
Date of Passing Jun 21, 2013
Location of Interment Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates Not Specified
Last Known Activity
Rear Admiral Tazewell Taylor Shepard, Jr. USN (Ret.)
Navy Cross, Guadalcanal, November 1942
Naval Aide to President Kennedy
Naval officer, business executive.
Born – Jan. 22, 1921, in Mobile, Ala.
Education – U.S. Naval Academy, B.S., accelerated program 1941/1943; U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, M.Sc., 1951; and U.C.L.A., M.Sc., 1952.
Entered Navy's Pacific Theater WWII as an Ensign in 1942 and awarded the Navy Cross 11/42, advanced to Rear Vice-Admiral in 1968; Naval Aide to White House 1961-1964; later commanded USS Aucilla and USS Princeton; deputy director of operations for Joint Chiefs of Staff; director of East Asia and Pacific Region office of the assistant Secretary of Defense for international security affairs; commander of Anti-Submarine Warfare Group 2 and of Joint Strategic Integrated Planning System until retirement in 1973; subsequently executive vice president of Occidental International, subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum.
Who’s Who in America, 1978.
Author: John F. Kennedy; Man of the Sea. New York; William Morrow, 1965.
Other Memories Navy Cross
Awarded for actions during the World War II
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Ensign Tazewell Taylor Shepard, Jr. (NSN: 0-165426), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession while serving on board the Heavy Cruiser U.S.S. SAN FRANCISCO (CA-38), during an engagement with Japanese naval forces near Savo Island in the Solomon Islands on the night of on November 12 and 13 1942. With great coolness and courage Ensign Shepard remained at his post until his director station could no longer be operated. He then proceeded to areas which had suffered heavy casualties and organized an auxiliary dressing station to which he directed the removal of personnel. Throughout the following action, his tireless efforts to restore casualties resulted in the saving of many lives. His gallant spirit of self-sacrifice, maintained above and beyond the call of duty, was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Services.
General Orders: Commander South Pacific Area & Forces: Serial 066 (November 6, 1942)
Action Date: November 12 - 13, 1942
Division: U.S.S. San Francisco (CA-38)