Service Photo   Service Details
103 kb
View Time Line
Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Primary NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1967-1974, Major Commands
Service Years
1935 - 1974
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Rear Admiral Upper Half

 Last Photo   Personal Details 

217 kb

Home State
District Of Columbia
Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by Steven Loomis (SaigonShipyard), IC3 to remember MAURER, John (Jason / Navy Cross), RADM.

If you knew or served with this Sailor and have additional information or photos to support this Page, please leave a message for the Page Administrator(s) HERE.
Contact Info
Home Town
Washington DC
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Jun 14, 2009
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Joint Chiefs of Staff US European Command US Southern Command US Pacific Command

 Unofficial Badges 

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity


Navy Cross
Rear Admiral, USN (Ret)

Flagship of the Commander-in-Chief
 In the name of the President of the United States, The Commander-in-Chief
United States Pacific Fleet, takes pleasure in presenting the NAVY CROSS to:

 for service as net forth in the following CITATION:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to John H. Maurer, Commander, U.S. Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. ATULE (SS-403), on the FIRST War Patrol of that submarine during the period 9 October 1944 to 11 December 1944, in enemy controlled waters of the Luzon Strait of the Philippine Islands. With cool aggressiveness, sound judgment and skill, Commander Maurer launched well-planned attacks which resulted in sinking enemy ships totaling over 25,000 tons. Through his experience and sound judgment Commander Maurer brought his ship safely back to port. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to his officers and men and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Fleet Admiral, U.S. Navy
Other Comments:
RADM John Maurer (“Jason” to many friends), 97, passed away peacefully in Tavares, Florida, on June 14th, 2009.

Admiral Maurer was born in Washington, DC, to Robert A. and Roberta H. Maurer on April 28th, 1912. He attended school in Washington and entered the United States Naval Academy, graduating with the Class of 1935. His initial duty upon graduation was aboard the battleship USS Colorado, where he participated in the search for Amelia Earhart.

On December 11th, 1937, Admiral Maurer married the former Billie Byrd in Norfolk. He then attended Submarine School in Connecticut.

After Submarine School and during World War II, he served on USS Pickerel, USS Tarpon, and as Executive Officer of USS Harder. During his tour on Harder, Admiral Maurer was awarded a Silver Star for personal valor. Leaving Harder, Admiral Maurer assumed command of USS Atule, then being built at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Admiral Maurer commanded Atule for three years, including four war patrols, and was awarded the Navy Cross and a second Silver Star.

After the War, Admiral Maurer served on various submarine and nuclear weapons billets in Washington, New Mexico and Hawaii. He attended the National War College and served as a Submarine Division Commander, and later as a Submarine Squadron Commander. He commanded the USS Hassayampa (a fleet oiler) and the cruiser USS Saint Paul and was Chief of Staff for both the Pacific and (later) the Atlantic Submarine Forces. He was promoted to Rear Admiral in 1963.

As a Flag Officer, Admiral Maurer served as the Commander Middle East Force in Bahrain and as the Commander of Pacific Fleet Submarines in Pearl Harbor. After Hawaii, Admiral Maurer was the Chief of Staff for the Strike Command in Tampa. His final assignment was as Commander of Naval Forces in Key West. The Admiral retired in 1974 and made his home in the Florida Keys.

Admiral Maurer’s wife, Billie, passed away in 1992. The Admiral is survived by two sons (John, Jr., and Peter), his daughter (Anne), five grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Mass and burial with military honors was held at Arlington National Cemetery.
 Photo Album   (More...

Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
Start Year
End Year

The Battle of Leyte Gulf, also called the Battles for Leyte Gulf, and formerly known as the Second Battle of the Philippine Sea, is generally considered to be the largest naval battle of World War II and, by some criteria, possibly the largest naval battle in history.

It was fought in waters near the Philippine islands of Leyte, Samar and Luzon from 23–26 October 1944, between combined US and Australian forces and the Imperial Japanese Navy. On 20 October, United States troops invaded the island of Leyte as part of a strategy aimed at isolating Japan from the countries it had occupied in Southeast Asia, and in particular depriving its forces and industry of vital oil supplies. The Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) mobilized nearly all of its remaining major naval vessels in an attempt to defeat the Allied invasion, but was repulsed by the US Navy's 3rd and 7th Fleets. The IJN failed to achieve its objective, suffered very heavy losses, and never afterwards sailed to battle in comparable force. The majority of its surviving heavy ships, deprived of fuel, remained in their bases for the rest of the Pacific War.

The Battle of Leyte Gulf consisted of four separate engagements between the opposing forces: the Battle of the Sibuyan Sea, the Battle of Surigao Strait, the Battle of Cape Engaño and the Battle off Samar, as well as other actions.

It was the first battle in which Japanese aircraft carried out organized kamikaze attacks. By the time of the battle, Japan had fewer aircraft than the Allied forces had sea vessels, demonstrating the difference in power of the two sides at this point of the war.
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
To Year
Last Updated:
Nov 2, 2014
Personal Memories

Participated in operations at Leyte, Iwo Jima, Okinawa-Gunto, and in the Third Fleet operations against Japan.

My Photos From This Battle or Operation
No Available Photos

  409 Also There at This Battle:
  • Adling, Richard
  • Ball, Robert, PO1, (1942-1945)
  • Baxter, James
  • Beckwith, John Edward, S1c, (1942-1945)
  • Bedrosian, John, SN, (1944-1946)
  • Blanton, Osie, CPO, (1931-1952)
  • Breaux, Calvin, SN, (1944-1946)
Copyright Inc 2003-2011