SEMMES, Benedict, VADM

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Vice Admiral
Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
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Line Officer
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1971-1972, Naval War College (Staff)
Service Years
- 1972
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Adm. Semmes was in Virginia Beach to attend the decommissioning of a destroyer, the USS Ainsworth, named for his father-in-law.
Buried at Arlington National Cemetery

Date of Passing
Jun 07, 1994
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Navy Cross
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Benedict J. Semmes, Jr., Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Destroyer U.S.S. PICKING (DD-685), in action against the enemy on 18 May 1945, while deployed off Okinawa in the Ryukyu Islands. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.

Benedict Semmes, Vice Admiral, Dies at Age 81

Benedict Joseph Semmes Jr., 81, a retired Navy vice admiral and highly decorated World War II combat veteran who went to serve as chief of Naval Personnel and president of the Naval War College, died of respiratory failure June 4 after intestinal surgery at a hospital in Virginia Beach, Va.

A resident of Wonalancet, N.H., who also had lived in Washington off and on since 1952, Adm. Semmes was in Virginia Beach to attend the decommissioning of a destroyer, the USS Ainsworth, named for his father-in-law.

During World War II, Adm. Semmes received the Navy Cross, the Navy’s highest award for valor after the Medal of Honor, while commanding the destroyer Picking during the Okinawa campaign.

Vice Adm. Benedict J. Semmes was president of the Naval War College from August 17, 1971 to  June 30, 1972.
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Semmes - Benedict Joseph Semmes Jr., A Retired Vice Admiral In The Navy, Died June 4 1994 In Virginia
Beach, Va. He Was 81. Mr. Semmes Was Born In Memphis, Tenn., And Lived In Washington, D.C., And
Wonalancet, N.H., For Many Years. During His Naval Career, He Was Commander Of The U.S. Second Fleet
And Atlantic Striking Fleet And Chief Of Naval Personnel. In 1970, Mr. Semmes Became Deputy Chief Of
Naval Operations And Later Was Named President Of The Naval War College At Newport, R.I., Before His
Retirement In 1972. He Was Director Of The Freedom Foundation At Valley Forge, President Of The
Wonalancet Preservation Association And A Member Of The Army-Navy Club Of Washington, D.C. Survivors
Include His Wife, Katherine Ainsworth Semmes; A Son, Benedict Semmes Iii Of Chevy Chase, Md.; Two
Daughters, Walden Morton Of Wonalancet And Amy Semmes Of Medford, Mass.; A Brother, Granville Semmes Of
New Orleans;And Nine Grandchildren. The Funeral And Burial Were Held Wednesday At Arlington National
Cemetery. 06-17-1994 Times Picayune

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USS Picking (DD-685)USS Ault (DD-698)US NavyCOMSECONDFLT
Naval War College (Staff)
  1944-1944, USS Picking (DD-685)
  1945-1945, USS Picking (DD-685)
  1948-1949, USS Ault (DD-698)
  1964-1968, Chief of Naval Personnel (CHNAVPERS)
  1968-1970, COMSECONDFLT
  1971-1972, Naval War College (Staff)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jun 17, 1994, Obituary, Benedict Joseph Semmes Jr.
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