Bjarnason, Paul Henrik, CAPT

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1958-1961, 111X, NAVBASE Guantanamo Bay
Service Years
1930 - 1961
Captain
Captain

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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1913
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Native of San Diego. Records Annapolis
Last Address
Falls Church, VA

Date of Passing
Jan 04, 1999
 
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Sec: 3-U, Site: 1

 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 30


 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Order of the Golden Dragon Navy Officer Honorable Discharge


 Military Association Memberships
National Association of Destroyer Veterans (Tin Can Sailors)
  2017, National Association of Destroyer Veterans (Tin Can Sailors) [Verified] - Assoc. Page


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Last Known Activity
Captain Paul Henrik Bjarnason
NSN: 0-77152, United States Navy (Ret.)

Paul (born Poul) Henrik Bjarnason, 85, a retired Navy captain who was a highly decorated combat veteran of World War II and later worked for the Navy as a civilian, died of congestive heart failure Jan. 4 at his home in Falls Church. Capt. Bjarnason was commanding the destroyer-minelayer Henry A. Wiley when he sailed into Okinawa in May 1945. As the ship came under concentrated attack from the air, he "directed skillfully coordinated offensive gunfire to destroy four enemy planes," according to the citation accompanying the Navy Cross he was awarded after the battle. It is the Navy's highest award for valor after the Medal of Honor. Capt. Bjarnason, at the time a commander, also received the Legion of Merit, with Combat "V" for valor and a second Legion of Merit. His ship received the highly prized Presidential Unit Citation for its service under his command. After the war, he held a variety of staff, command and teaching posts on land and at sea. He taught seamanship and navigation at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, graduated from the Naval War College and served as head of the anti-submarine warfare surface training section in the office of an assistant chief of Naval Operations. From 1958 until retiring from active duty in 1961, he served as commanding officer of the naval station of the Navy Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Capt. Bjarnason, a native of San Diego, enlisted in the Navy in 1930, serving as a sailor before entering the Naval Academy from the fleet. In 1936, he graduated from the academy. Before the war, he served aboard such ships as the carrier Saratoga and battleships Mississippi and California. He also commanded a ship doing hydrographic research projects. In November 1942, he became became executive officer and navigator aboard the destroyer Stockton. He worked on convoy operations in the Atlantic, then went to the Southwest Pacific theater in the fight for the Admiralty Islands and took command of a mine division. After he retired in 1961, he was a program manager with the Naval Electronics Systems Command until about 1980.
   
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Awards (see ribbon bar for citations):
Navy Cross
Legion of Merit with combat "V" and star for second award
Presidential Unit Citation

Commanded:
USS Pruitt DM-22, 1944-1945
USS Henry A. Wiley DM-2, 1945-1946
USS Chemug AO-30, 1954-1955
Naval Base Guantanamo Bay Cuba, 1958-1961
   
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  1947-1949, 000X, COMPATRECONFORPAC/NAVSUPDEPT

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From Month/Year
- / 1947

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- / 1949

Unit
NAVSUPDEPT Unit Page

Rank
Commander

NEC
000X-Unknown Navy Officer Classification/ Designator

Location
Not Specified

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Existing

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COMPATRECONFORPAC

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