Christopher, Warren, ENS

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Last Rank
Ensign
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1946-1946, Mobile AL
Service Years
1942 - 1946
Ensign
Ensign

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Home State
North Dakota
North Dakota
Year of Birth
1925
 
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Home Town
Scranton, N.D
Last Address
March 18, 2011, aged 85
Los Angeles, California

Date of Passing
Mar 18, 2011
 
Location of Interment
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Order of the Shellback US Naval Reserve Honorable Discharge Order of the Golden Dragon Blue Star




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Warren Minor Christopher
U.S. Navy, WWII Veteran
Secretary of State
Presidential Medal of Freedom


Warren M. Christopher, the lawyer turned envoy who tirelessly traveled to Bosnia and the Middle East on peace missions during his 1993-96 tenure as Secretary of State in the Clinton administration, has died. He was 85. (March 18, 2011 )

Quiet, grave, patient, with great attention to detail, discrete and unflappable – words that are used to describe the late Secretary of State, Warren Christopher, who died on March 18, 2011.  While serving as an ensign in the Navy during WW2, his ship was in Tokyo Bay when the surrender documents were signed.  He remembered what he saw when he went ashore as suffering and destruction, and that stayed with him for the rest of his life, according to his 2001 memoir Chances of a Lifetime. 

"When the Japanese surrendered on August 14, 1945, the navy ordered my ship into Tokyo Bay as part of a carrier force. While we bobbed up and down in a typhoon that overtook the bay, General Douglas MacArthur, on the nearby USS Missouri, signed the peace treaty that officially ended the war. We saw nothing of the ceremony, and though MacArthur demanded neither fuel nor help from us during our stay, I suppose that our presence - along with the scores of other ships bouncing up and down in Tokyo Bay that day - was a useful part of the armada." W.M.C.

His obituary in the Washington Post lists his many accomplishments, but he will always be associated most with the release of the US Embassy Hostages from Iran that he worked out as a negotiator.  He was the Secretary of State when the Rwandan killings were carried out, but refused to allow State Department personnel to use the term “genocide”.  

Secretary Christopher shunned publicity and allowed his deputies to take the limelight including the late Richard Holbrooke when the Dayton Peace Accords were signed.  After Secretary Christopher left the Clinton Administration, he went back to life in a law firm in Los Angeles.  He also served on the commission that investigated the Los Angeles riots after the Rodney King beating in 1991, and in 2000 represented candidate Al Gore in Florida courts during the recount battle.

An Ensign in the U.S. Navy Reserves, Sept. 1942 to Sept. 1946, he was called up to active duty during World War II and served in the Pacific on the USS Tomahawk and USS Fayette. 

Enrolled at University of
Redlands, September 1942
Enlisted, USNR October 27, 1942, at Redlands, Calif.
Early 1944, ordered to NROTC, Univ. of So. Calif.
Commissioned Ensign, February 1945
USS Tomahawk, tanker, Feb - Sept 1945
USS Fayette, attack transport, Sept 1945
To Mobile, AL through Sept. 1946
Discharged from active duty September 1946

He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California in 1945 and, after attending Stanford Law School, served as a clerk to Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas in 1949 and 1950.
   
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He enlisted in the Navy in October of 1942 and reported to the University of Southern California’s Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps in 1944. He finished USC early, earning a degree in finance with honors in February 1945, then served aboard the aircraft-refueling tanker USS Tomahawk in the Pacific during World War II.

USS Tomahawk (AO-88): 
Iwo Jima operation
 
Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 23 February to 4 March 1945
Okina
wa Gunto operation 
5th and 3d Fleet raids on support of Okinawa Gunto, 23 March to 30 April 1945
USS Fayette (APA-43):
Western Caroline Islands operation 

Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, 6 September to 14 October 1945


He graduated in 1949 from Stanford Law School, where he was president of its first law review and elected a member of the Order of the Coif legal honor society.

President Jimmy Carter awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award, on January 16, 1981.

   
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 Duty Stations
Commander Navy Reserve Forces Command (COMNAVRESFORCOM)NROTC (Faculty Staff)US Navy
  1942-1944, San Bernardino, CA
  1944-1944, UC Berkeley NROTC (Faculty Staff)
  1945-1945, USS Tomahawk (AO-88)
  1945-1946, USS Fayette (AP-88)
  1946-1946, Mobile AL
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)
  1945-1945 World War II
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Surrender of Japan, End of WWII
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Iwo Jima Operation
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
  1945-1945 US Occupation of Japan
 Colleges Attended 
University of Southern CaliforniaStanford University
  1942-1945, University of Southern California
  1946-1949, Stanford University
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  Ens.Warren M.Christopher USNR, 1942-1946
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