Baumberger, Walter Harlen, VADM

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Last Rank
Vice Admiral
Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1972-1974, 6th Naval District
Service Years
1934 - 1974
Vice Admiral
Vice Admiral

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Home State
West Virginia
West Virginia
Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
McMechen, WV
Last Address
Carthage, Moore County
North Carolina, USA

Date of Passing
Feb 10, 1995
Location of Interment
Annapolis National Cemetery - Annapolis, Maryland
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 30

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
United States Naval Academy Alumni Association
  1945, United States Naval Academy Alumni Association - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
US Navy Vice Admiral. Baumberger was assigned to the USS New York early in his career as a Lieutenant JG and in World War II he was the Commanding Officer of the destroyer USS English DD-696 from April of 1945 through May of 1946. He was also the Commanding Officer of the USS Canberra CAG2 on it's world cruise in 1960. Baumberger was appointed the Commander Cruiser/Destroyer Force in the Pacific as well as Commander of the U.S. Taiwan Defense Force from August 1970 to September, 1972. He lastly was the Deputy Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet and Commandant of the 6th Naval District, Charleston Navy Yard.
Other Comments:
Navy Distinguished Service Medal - 1974; Legion of Merit - 1965; Legion of Merit - 1967; Navy and Marine Corps Medal - 1945; Bronze Star with Combat V - 1945; American Defense Service Medal - 1939; American Campaign Medal - 1941; Europe/African/Middle Eastern Campaign with one star - 1943 ; Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal with two stars - 1945; World War II Victory Medal - 1945; Navy Occupation Service - 1945; National Defense Service Medal - 1950; National Defense Service Medal - 1961; Philippine Liberation Medal - 1945.

Bronze Star with Combat "V"
Awarded for actions during the World War II

"For meritorious service as Commanding Officer of the USS ENGLISH in operations against enemy Japanese forces in the Pacific Area from April 30 to September 2, 1945…Commander Bumberger directed his ship's participation in operations at Okinawa, Fast Carrier Strikes on the Japanese homeland, and, as part of a support unit, in the occupation of Japan. Displaying outstanding skill in evading and driving off numerous enemy air attacks and successfully carrying out those hazardous assignments without damage to his ship, he materially contributed to many successful bombardment missions and the possible sinking of an enemy submarine… His actions were at all times in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

Action Date: April 30 to September 2, 1945
Service: Navy
Rank: Commander
Company: Commanding Officer
Division: U.S.S. English (DD-696)
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 Duty Stations
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)US NavyUSS English (DD-696)USS Gainard (DD-706)
USS Missouri (BB-63)Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)Naval War College (Faculty Staff)
CNO - OPNAVUSS Truckee (AO-147)Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)USS Canberra (CAG-2)
Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Force, Pacific FleetCNO - OPNAVCOMCRUDESPACUS Pacific Command (USCINCPAC/USPACOM)
US-Taiwan Defense Command (USTDC)
  1930-1934, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1934-1938, USS Pennsylvania (BB-38)
  1938-1939, USS Hovey (DD-208)
  1939-1939, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1939-1943, USS New York (BB-34)
  1943-1945, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1945-1946, USS English (DD-696)
  1946-1946, USS Gainard (DD-706)
  1946-1948, USS Missouri (BB-63)
  1948-1951, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1951-1953, Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
  1953-1954, Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
  1954-1955, Naval War College (Faculty Staff)
  1955-1957, CNO - OPNAV
  1957-1958, USS Truckee (AO-147)
  1958-1960, Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)
  1960-1960, USS Canberra (CAG-2)
  1960-1962, Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Force, Pacific Fleet
  1962-1963, COMCRUDESFLOT 3
  1963-1965, DCNO (Operations), Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO)
  1965-1967, COMCRUDESPAC
  1967-1970, US Pacific Command (USCINCPAC/USPACOM)
  1970-1972, US-Taiwan Defense Command (USTDC)
  1972-1974, 6th Naval District
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Algeria-French Morocco Campaign (1942)/Operation Torch
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyNaval War College
  1930-1934, United States Naval Academy
  1954-1955, Naval War College
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