Loomis, Henry, LCDR

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Primary NEC
114X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Special Operations
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1949-1951, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
Service Years
1940 - 1946
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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New York
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Home Town
Tuxedo Park
Last Address
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Date of Passing
Nov 02, 2008
Location of Interment
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WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

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Pearl Harbor Memorial Medallion

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Henry Loomis

WWII Navy Veteran, Asiatic Theater of War, 13 Battle Stars
Lieutenant Commander, Bronze Star, Former CIA, Head of VOA and PBS

Mr. Loomis graduated first in his naval training class and, in addition to teaching radar, served as a radar officer with carriers, air squadrons and battleships. He received the Bronze Star and Air Medal.

Henry Loomis (April 19, 1919 - November 2, 2008) was appointed director of the Voice of America in 1958 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, resigning from the post in 1965 after policy conflicts with President Lyndon B. Johnson, and was appointed by Richard Nixon in 1972 to serve as president of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Loomis was born on April 19, 1919 in Tuxedo Park, New York. His father, Alfred Lee Loomis built a fortune financing public utilities and sold out just before the Wall Street crash of 1929. Alfred Loomis set up a physics laboratory in an old mansion where Henry worked with his father as a teenager on brain-wave research, including participating as a volunteer in his father's experiments. The two men later took part in pioneering research on radar.

Loomis attended Harvard University and left in 1940 during his senior year to enlist in the United States Navy. Harvard granted him an undergraduate degree in 1946 based on his radar instruction while in the Navy.

In the navy, he was on the staff of the Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet Headquarters in Pearl Harbor, at the time of the attack by the Japanese. Loomis was responsible for the creation of training materials for radar, and worked with pilots and officers on ships to help overcome their wariness of the technology and develop their skills in its use. Loomis was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and left the Navy with the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

Late in the war, Loomis had a chance meeting with United States Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson, a cousin of Loomis', and Lt. Gen. Leslie Groves, head of the Manhattan Project. In a discussion about potential target cities in Japan for the atomic bomb being developed, Loomis dissuaded them from targeting Kyoto, citing the city's art treasures he had learned about while studying Japanese history at Harvard.

He attended the University of California, Berkeley after the war, where he took graduate courses in physics, including work as an assistant with Ernest Lawrence at the school's radiation laboratory. He spent four years as assistant to the Dr. James Rhyne Killian, president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and led the research and intelligence functions at the United States Information Agency. Loomis later directed the staff of Dr. Killian, who had been appointed as the President's science advisor.

He served for 13 years on the board of the not-for-profit Mitre Corporation, which was affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and worked with the Central Intelligence Agency and United States Department of Defense after graduating from Berkeley.

Other Comments:
During his WWII Naval Service
The Executive Officer of VS-l0 (Scouting Squadron Ten), LT William I. Martin, was very interested in the development of aviation radar. Torpedo Ten received a replacement TBF with ASB-l radar and LT Martin requested the opportunity to develop its potential for sector-search operations. The Ship's Radar Officer, LT Henry Loomis, volunteered to assist Martin in this project, and by 1 December 1942 they had 15 hours of experimental radar flying time. They recognized its capability as well as its limitations, but this was the seed that started the development of night-carrier operations. Improvements in new types of aviation radar were soon forthcoming from the engineers at MIT and the electronic industry.
World War II ended in 1945, and by the time Henry left the service the following year, he had survived Pearl Harbor Day, attained the rank of Lieutenant Commander and won awards including a Bronze Star, Air Medal and Pacific Ribbon with 13 battle stars.
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Mr. Loomis quit as VOA director in 1965 after a falling-out with President Lyndon B. Johnson during the Vietnam War. Johnson demanded that VOA keep quiet about American planes flying over Laos. Believing that VOA had an obligation to report the news, Mr. Loomis resigned in protest.
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Formal Schools and Training CoursesUS NavyUS Pacific Command (USCINCPAC/USPACOM)USS Enterprise (CV-6)
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
  1940-1940, Naval Reserve Midshipmen School
  1940-1940, Tactical Radar School
  1941-1941, USS Pennsylvania (BB-38)
  1942-1942, NOF Oahu
  1944-1945, US Pacific Command (USCINCPAC/USPACOM)
  1945-1945, USS Enterprise (CV-6)
  1949-1951, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Attack on Pearl Harbor
  1944-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Iwo Jima Operation
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Surrender of Japan, End of WWII
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Surrender of Japan, End of WWII
 Colleges Attended 
Harvard UniversityUniversity of California, Berkeley
  1937-1940, Harvard University
  1946-1948, University of California, Berkeley
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Henry Loomis 1919-20081
  Obituary, Henry Loomis1
  LOOMIS Resisted White House Censorship at VOA
  Loomis: Many accomplishments, largely untold
  Enterprise CV-6
  Brother: Alfred Lee Loomis Jr., Olympic Gold, London 1948, Sailing 6m class
  Nov 09, 2008, PAID NOTICE - OBITUARY
  Sep 29, 2012, General Photos
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