Bastedo, Paul Henry, RADM

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Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
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1944-1946, Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)
Service Years
1908 - 1946
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Home Town
Buffalo, NY
Last Address
Bethesda, MD

Date of Passing
Apr 17, 1951
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
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2 1207

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Presidential Service Badge WW II Honorable Discharge Pin US Navy Retired 30

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Navy Officer Honorable Discharge

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Paul Henry Bastedo was born in Buffalo, New York, on 25 February 1887, son of Walter Stanley and Catherine Ann (Henry) Bastedo. He attended grammar and high schools in Buffalo, and entered the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, from his native state in 1904. Graduated on 5 June 1908, he served the two years at sea, then required by law, before he was commissioned Ensign on 6 June 1910. Advancing periodically in rank he attained that of Captain to date from 1 July 1936. On 1 April 1944, he was transferred to the Retired List of the US Navy, and advanced to the rank of Rear Admiral on the basis of combat awards.

Following graduation from the Naval Academy in 1908, he joined the USS Montana, and in January 1910 transferred to the USS Michigan. Detached from that battleship in October of that year, he continued sea duty aboard the USS Dolphin. In May 1912, he reported as Assistant to the Engineer Officer aboard the USS Utah, with further service in the fire control party. 

Returning to the United States in April 1913, he had duty in connection with the machinery aboard the USS Cassin, building at the Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine. When that destroyer was commissioned, 9 August 1913, he joined her to serve for a year. Between September 1914 and August 1917, he was assigned to the Bureau of Steam Engineering, Navy Department, Washington, DC. While there he had additional duty as a Naval Aide to the White House and at the Treasury Department in connection with a conference of delegations of South American Countries to the Pan American Union.

In September 1917 he became Aide on the staff of Commander Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, USS Melville flagship. While in that assignment he had additional duty in London, England, and as a Naval Member of the Inter-Allied Commission. During May and June 1918 he had duty in the USS Cummings, and following a month’s service in the USS Shaw, assumed command of Sub Chaser Squadron One, Corfu, Greece, with additional duty in command of Shore Base of US Naval Base #25. 

He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for “distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commander of Sub-Chaser Squadron One, Hunt Commander Otranto Barrage, and as Commander of detachment of three Sub-Chasers in the engagement Durazzo, when two enemy submarines were destroyed. 

In March 1919 he rejoined the staff of Commander Naval Forces Operating in European waters and served as Aide until May 1919, when he reported aboard the USS Chattanooga. Returning to the United States in July 1919, he had fitting out duty in the USS Jacob Jones at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey, and assumed command of that destroyer upon her commissioning, 20 October 1919.

Relieved of command of the Jacob Jones in May 1920, he reported as Assistant to the Naval Inspector of Machinery, New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey. He remained there until October 1922, when he reported as Gunnery Officer aboard the USS Utah. Transferred to the USS Wright, he served as her Executive Officer from June 1924 until July 1925, when he returned to shore duty in the office of Naval Intelligence, Navy Department, Washington, DC. 

In November 1927 he joined the staff of Commander in Chief, US Fleet, as Aide, with additional duty as Fleet Communication Officer. He served as such until May 1929, and two months later became Assistant Director of the Office of Naval Communications, Navy Department, Washington, DC. Ordered in June 1932 to the New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey, he had fitting out duty in the USS Indianapolis. She was commissioned on November 15, of that year, and he reported aboard as Executive Officer. 

Detached from that cruiser in September 1934, he returned to the Navy Department to serve as Officer in Charge of the Public Relations Office, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Navy Department. On 11 May 1936, he became Naval Aide to the President of the United States.

For two years (December 1937-December 1939), he commanded the USS
Quincy, after which he had duty until June 1940 in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Navy Department. He completed a course at the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, in May 1941, and remained there for duty on the staff until January 1943.

Following a temporary assignment in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, he reported in February 1943, as Aide on the staff of Commander US Naval Forces, Europe, with additional duty as Naval Attache at the American Embassy, London, England. In September 1943 his additional duty became his primary assignment, and he continued to serve on the staff of Commander Naval Forces, Europe.

Returning to the United States in March 1944, he was transferred to the Retired List of the US Navy on April 1 of that year, but remained on active duty in the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Navy Department, until 1 June 1946.

He died on 17 April 1951, at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland, and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.

In addition to the Distinguished Service Medal, Rear Admiral Bastedo had the Mexican Service Medal (USS Cassin); the World War I Victory Medal, Submarine Clasp; the Army of Occupation of Germany Medal; the American Defense Service Medal, Fleet Clasp; the American Campaign Medal; the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal; and the World War II Victory Medal. He had also been awarded the following foreign decorations: Silver Medal and Citation, and “Fatiche Di Guerre” with Ribbon by the Italian Government; Decoration and Diploma, Commander of the Order of Leopold II, by the Government of Belgium; and Decoration and Diploma, National Order of the Southern Cross, rank of Commendador, by the Government of Brazil.
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Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Awarded for actions during World War I

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Lieutenant Commander Paul Henry Bastedo, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as Commander of the Sub-Chaser Squadron ONE, Hunt Commander Otranto Barrage, and as Commander of a detachment of three Sub-Chasers in the engagement of Durazzo, when two enemy submarines were destroyed.

General Orders: Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)
Action Date: 2-Oct-18
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Company: Commander
Division: Sub-Chaser Squadron 1
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The European-Mediterranean-Middle East Theater was a major theater of operations during the Second World War (between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946). The vast size of Europe, Mediterranean and Middle East theatre saw interconnected naval, land, and air campaigns fought for control of the Mediterranean, North Africa, the Horn of Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. The fighting in this theatre lasted from 10 June 1940, when Italy entered the war on the side of Germany, until 2 May 1945 when all Axis forces in Italy surrendered. However, fighting would continue in Greece – where British troops had been dispatched to aid the Greek government – during the early stages of the Greek Civil War.

The British referred to this theatre as the Mediterranean and Middle East Theatre (so called due to the location of the fighting and the name of the headquarters that controlled the initial fighting: Middle East Command) while the Americans called the theatre of operations the Mediterranean Theatre of War. The German official history of the fighting is dubbed 'The Mediterranean, South-East Europe, and North Africa 1939–1942'. Regardless of the size of the theatre, the various campaigns were not seen as neatly separated areas of operations but part of one vast theatre of war.

Fascist Italy aimed to carve out a new Roman Empire, while British forces aimed initially to retain the status quo. Italy launched various attacks around the Mediterranean, which were largely unsuccessful. With the introduction of German forces, Yugoslavia and Greece were overrun. Allied and Axis forces engaged in back and forth fighting across North Africa, with Axis interference in the Middle East causing fighting to spread there. With confidence high from early gains, German forces planned elaborate attacks to be launched to capture the Middle East and then to possibly attack the southern border of the Soviet Union. However, following three years of fighting, Axis forces were defeated in North Africa and their interference in the Middle East was halted. Allied forces then commenced an invasion of Southern Europe, resulting in the Italians switching sides and deposing Mussolini. A prolonged battle for Italy took place, and as the strategic situation changed in southeast Europe, British troops returned to Greece.

The theatre of war, the longest during the Second World War, resulted in the destruction of the Italian Empire and altered the strategic position of Germany resulting in numerous German divisions being deployed to Africa and Italy and total losses (including those captured upon final surrender) being over half a million. Italian losses, in the theatre, amount to around to 177,000 men with a further several hundred thousand captured during the process of the various campaigns. British losses amount to over 300,000 men killed, wounded, or captured, and total American losses in the region amounted to 130,000.
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