Brown, John Herbert, Jr., VADM

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Last Rank
Vice Admiral
Last Primary NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1951-1954, 9420, 4th Naval District
Service Years
1914 - 1954
Vice Admiral
Vice Admiral

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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1891
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Canton, Pennsylvania
Last Address
Home of Records: Middletown Maryland

Date of Passing
Jun 10, 1963
 
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
SECTION 2 SITE 4681-2

 Official Badges 

US Pacific Command US Navy Retired 30


 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge Diesel Boats Forever Officer


 Military Association Memberships
Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW)
  1945, Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW)


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Last Known Activity



VAdm John Herbert "Babe" Brown, Jr. USN (Ret.)

 

John "Babe" Brown was in the Annapolis Naval Academy Graduating Class of 1914.

Commanding Officer of submarines USS C-2 (SS-13, Stingray) and USS G-4 (SS-26, Thrasher) in World War I, then N-5 and R-2 1919-1921, S-42 1924-1927 and Narwhal May 1930-May 1933. In October 1930, while Brown was in command of the USS V-5 submarine it set a U. S. Navy record by diving to a depth of 332 feet. He graduated from the Naval War College in 1940. Commanding Officer of the Richmond 1941-1942. Commander of Submarine Squadron Four June 1942-November 1943. Rear Admiral in January 1943. 

He was assigned to SUBCOMPAC commander at the Submarine Base, Pearl Harbor during WWII. This was after Commander Rear Admiral Robert English was killed in a plane crash in January of 1943. Captain Brown took over the duties of Admiral English until a replacement could be found. He was relieved of his temporary command by Rear Admiral Charles Lockwood Jr. who was assigned to that command.


Brown remained on Lockwood's staff and before the war ended. Lockwood had him promoted to Rear Admiral. His commands were Sea of Japan patrols, Submarine Squadron Four. His other accomplishments included a training program, torpedo tests and orginization of wolf packs. Brown was a wonderful officer and worked endlessly to keep the war effort going. 

He was the Commander of Submarine Training Command from 1943 to 1945 where he was instrumental in creating the Submarine Lifeguard League that rescued pilots that were shot down in combat during WW II. He became a Vice Admiral upon retirement in February 1954.

   
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Brown was born in Canton, Pennsylvania, in 1891. He attended the United States Military Academy where he played college football. He was selected as a consensus first-team guard on the 1913 College Football All-America Team. He accounted for all of Navy's points (two field goals) in a 6 to 0 victory in the 1913 Army–Navy Game.

He graduated in 1914 with the rank of ensign. Brown later served as president of the National Football Foundation and was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951. He was also selected in 1951 by a board of Navy football authorities as the greatest player in Navy football history.

Navy decorations included Distinguished Service Medals and Legion of Merit (twice).  He was the founder of the Submarine Lifeguard League, formed in early 1943 until August 1945. In doing so, a total of 518 Airmen were rescued from a watery grave or certain capture by the enemy.

   
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World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Start Year
1941
End Year
1945

Description
The plan of the Pacific subseries was determined by the geography, strategy, and the military organization of a theater largely oceanic. Two independent, coordinate commands, one in the Southwest Pacific under General of the Army Douglas MacArthur and the other in the Central, South, and North Pacific (Pacific Ocean Areas) under Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, were created early in the war. Except in the South and Southwest Pacific, each conducted its own operations with its own ground, air, and naval forces in widely separated areas. These operations required at first only a relatively small number of troops whose efforts often yielded strategic gains which cannot be measured by the size of the forces involved. Indeed, the nature of the objectivesùsmall islands, coral atolls, and jungle-bound harbors and airstrips, made the employment of large ground forces impossible and highlighted the importance of air and naval operations. Thus, until 1945, the war in the Pacific progressed by a double series of amphibious operations each of which fitted into a strategic pattern developed in Washington.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1941
To Year
1945
 
Last Updated:
Apr 12, 2016
   
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  • Atkins, Ozell, LCDR, (1943-1946)
  • Bailey, Gerald, PO3, (1944-1946)
  • Baker, Cecil, Cox, (1941-1946)
  • Baruzzini, Joseph, LCDR, (1944-1964)
  • Beckwith, Elmer, CPO, (1943-1946)
  • Beyeler, Matthew David, PO3, (1944-1952)
  • Bibb, James, PO2, (1942-1945)
  • Bivin, Homer Richard, CAPT, (1941-1976)
  • Blair, Foster John, CDR, (1941-1966)
  • Boatwright, General, PO3, (2005-2007)
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