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Vice Admiral
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1948-1950, CNO - OPNAV/Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO)
Service Years
1911 - 1950
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This Military Service Page was created/owned by Steven Loomis (SaigonShipyard), IC3 to remember LOWRY, Frank (Navy Cross), VADM.

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Contact Info
Home Town
Cresco, Iowa
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Mar 26, 1955
Location of Interment
Buried at Sea, Pacific Ocean
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Ashes scattered from the Cruiser Bremerton.

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 Military Association Memberships
Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW)Post 135
  1945, Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW)
  1945, American Legion, Post 135 (Recorder) (Cresco, Iowa) [Verified] - Chap. Page

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Last Known Activity
Vice Admiral Frank Jacob Lowry
Frank J. Lowry graduated from the Naval Academy in 1911 and served Atlantic patrols during World War I. After World War I ended Admiral Lowry commanded Mare Island Naval Base in Vallejo, California. He command the Cruiser Minneapolis from 1940 to 1942. Admiral Lowry also commanded the invasions of Salerno and Anzio (Italy). Lowry's Task Force 81 contained over 250 combat-loaded vessels and amphibious assault craft of all sizes and descriptions. Admiral Lowry also commanded the 74 vessels of Task Force X-Ray, assigned to see American forces safely ashore and to support their beachhead operations. Admiral Lowry died in 1955.
Navy Cross
Awarded for actions during the Second World War

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Captain Frank Jacob Lowry, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Heavy Cruiser U.S.S. MINNEAPOLIS (CA-36), during operations in Coral Sea on 7 and 8 May 1942. Under Captain Lowry's skillful direction, his ship during this action inflicted considerable damage on the enemy Japanese and rendered vital protection to the aircraft carrier to which it was assigned. Captain Lowry's inspiring leadership and the valiant devotion to duty of his command contributed in large measure to the outstanding success of these vital missions and reflect great credit upon the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 311 (February 1943)
Action Date: May 7 & 8, 1942
Service: Navy

Rank: Captain
Company: Commanding Officer
Division: U.S.S. Minneapolis (CA-36)

Other Comments:
Cresco's Five Admirals
Cresco Iowa is very proud of its veterans. It is a community which has provided more than its share of men and women who have served our country in the Armed Services.

On May 30, 1994, the 50th Anniverary of World War II, Cresco was designated a World War II Commemorative Community by the Department of Defense. A special ceremony was conducted by the VFW and the American Legion Club in recognition of this honor. During the ceremony the VFW received a Commemorative Community Certificate of Designation, the distinctive World War II Commemoration Flag, and the official United States of American 50th Anniversary of WW II Commemoration Lapel Pin.

Cresco is proud of the brave men and women who sacrificed so much for our country so that we might live in peace today. A monument to our veterans has been erected in Courthouse Square.
Vice Admiral FRANK J. LOWRY • Rear Admiral MICHAEL J. MALANAPHY • Rear Admiral ARTHUR T. MOEN • Rear Admiral WALLIS F. PETERSEN • Rear Admiral GEORGE E. PECKHAM
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US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)US NavyUSS Alert (AS-4)USS Raleigh (CL-7)
NAVSTA Mare IslandNaval War College (Faculty Staff)National War CollegeUSS Tuscaloosa (CA-37)
Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)CNO - OPNAV/Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO)
  1907-1911, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1911-1914, Naval Sea Units
  1914-1915, USS Alert (AS-4)
  1915-1916, Submarines
  1916-1916, Numbered Submarine Divisions
  1916-1917, Submarine Division 3
  1917-1917, USS Raleigh (CL-7)
  1918-1918, USS Pittsburgh (CA-4)
  1919-1922, NAVSTA Mare Island
  1925-1926, Naval War College (Faculty Staff)
  1926-1928, USS California (BB-44)
  1929-1931, National War College
  1932-1933, USS Hale (DD-133)
  1933-1935, Naval Training Station, San Diego CA
  1936-1938, USS Tuscaloosa (CA-37)
  1938-1939, Bureau of Navigation
  1940-1942, USS Minneapolis (CA-36)
  1942-1942, NTS Great Lakes, IL
  1943-1943, Commander Eastern Sea Frontier
  1944-1944, Major Commands
  1944-1944, USS Biscayne (AVP-11)
  1945-1947, Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)/General Board
  1948-1950, CNO - OPNAV/Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1917-1918 World War I
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of the Coral Sea
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Southern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Anzio Campaign (1944)
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United States Naval Academy
  1907-1911, United States Naval Academy
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