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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.
Chain of Command As a White House naval aide from 1961 to 1963, Adm. Shepard was responsible for “the manning, the care — everything — about Camp David and the yachts,” he told The Washington Post in 2000. He also advised Kennedy during the Bay of Pigs crisis in 1961. He published a book, “John F. Kennedy: Man of the Sea,” in 1965, with a foreword by the late president’s brother, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.)