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Vice Admiral
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1945-1946, Potomac River Naval Command (PRNC)
Service Years
1906 - 1946
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Vice Admiral Reichmuth died in August 1978 in San Francisco California.

Date of Passing
Aug 27, 1978
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Military Order of World Wars (MOWW)
  1945, Military Order of World Wars (MOWW)

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Ferdinand Louis Reichmuth

Vice Admiral Ferdinand Louis Reichmuth (pronounced Rike-muth), born at Beloit, Iowa, April 11, 1881 with father Ferdinand G. C. Reichmuth and mother Johana Christiane "Clotilde" Graff a German immigrant from Colleda, Thüringen. He attended Ripon College, Ripon, Wisconsin, before his appointment to the U. S. Naval Academy from the state of Wisconsin in 1902. While a Midshipman he was a member of the rowing crew. Graduated in February 1906, he served the two years at sea then required by law before he was commissioned Ensign in February 1908. His subsequent promotions were as follows: Lieutenant (junior grade), February 13, 1911; Lieutenant, October 11, 1911; Lieutenant Commander, July 1, 1911; Commander, December 20, 1921; Captain, October 1, 1930 and Rear Admiral, May 1, 1940. On February 27, 1942, he was promoted to Vice Admiral for service as Commander Service Force, Atlantic Fleet. He reverted to his permanent rank of Rear Admiral on August 22, 1942, and was placed on the Retired List of the Navy in that rank on August 1, 1946. His promotion to Vice Admiral on the Retired List of the Navy was confirmed by the U. S. Senate on May 28, 1948.

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Legion of Merit 

"For exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Commandant, Navy Yard, Washington, D.C., Commandant, Potomac River Naval Command, and Superintendent, United States Naval Gun Factory, September 15, 1942 to April 10, 1946. Displaying foresight and initiative. Rear Admiral Reichmuth organized and administered the large number of Naval Personnel assigned to the Washington Area. As Superintendent of the Naval Gun Factory, he was instrumental in enlarging the production of his factory, and In training numerous personnel to guide the successful production elsewhere, In addition, he supervised the design, development and construction of new and improved guns and mounts, thereby contributing to the creation of a Navy second to none. His sound judgment high professional attainments and unwavering demotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon Rear Admiral Reichmuth and the United States Naval Service."     

World War I Victory Medal, Atlantic Fleet Clasp    
American Defense Service Medal, Fleet Clasp    
American Campaign Medal    

World War II Victory Medal
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US NavyNAVBASE GuamMare Island Naval ShipyardBureau of Ordnance
USS Arkansas (BB-33)Naval War College (Staff)Commander Naval Recruiting Command (CNRC)USS Mississippi (BB-41)
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  1906-1907, USS Ohio (BB-12)
  1907-1908, USS Helena (PG-9)
  1908-1908, USS Supply (1873)
  1908-1909, NAVBASE Guam
  1909-1912, USS West Virginia (ACR-5)
  1912-1914, Mare Island Naval Shipyard
  1914-1917, USS Michigan (BB-27)
  1917-1918, USS Oklahoma (BB-37)
  1918-1920, Bureau of Ordnance
  1920-1921, USS Arkansas (BB-33)
  1921-1921, USS Pennsylvania (BB-38)
  1921-1923, USS New Mexico (BB-40)
  1923-1925, 12th Naval District
  1925-1926, Naval War College (Staff)
  1926-1927, USS Cuyama (AO-3)
  1927-1928, USS Moody (DD-277)
  1928-1931, 12th Naval District
  1931-1933, USS Chaumont (AP-5)
  1933-1936, Commander Naval Recruiting Command (CNRC)
  1937-1938, USS Mississippi (BB-41)
  1938-1940, Det Navy Yard Washington, Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center (NFESC)
  1940-1940, USS Russell (DD-414)
  1940-1941, Commander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)
  1940-1941, USS Omaha (CL-4)
  1941-1942, Commander, Destroyers, Atlantic Fleet, Commander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)
  1942-1945, Det Navy Yard Washington, Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center (NFESC)
  1945-1946, Potomac River Naval Command (PRNC)
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  1917-1918 World War I
  1941-1945 World War II
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Ripon CollegeUnited States Naval Academy
  1900-1902, Ripon College
  1902-1906, United States Naval Academy
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