ROBBINS, Thomas, Jr., RADM

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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1960-1962, 9420, Potomac River/Potomac River Naval Command (PRNC)
Service Years
1919 - 1962
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Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Contact Info
Home Town
Born in Paris, France
Last Address
New London, Connecticut

Date of Passing
Dec 12, 1972
Location of Interment
U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery - Annapolis, Maryland
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 1 Site 191

 Official Badges 

Office of the Secretary of Defense US Navy Retired 30

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Golden Dragon

 Military Association Memberships
Sons of the American RevolutionMilitary Order of the World Wars (MOWW)
  1900, Sons of the American Revolution - Assoc. Page
  1945, Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW)

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Last Known Activity

Rear Admiral Thomas H. Robbins, Jr., USN (Ret.)
Served during World Wars I and II, Korea and Vietnam

Thomas Hinckley Robbins, Jr. (11 May 1900 – 12 December 1972) was a rear admiral of the United States Navy. A naval aviator, his career included command of an aircraft carrier during World War II, service as a key advisor to the United States Secretary of the Navy, and a tour as President of the Naval War College.

Robbins' ancestors included William Bradford (1590-1657), the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and Thomas Hinckley (1618-1706), a governor of Plymouth Colony. His great-great-grandfather was Fisher Ames (1758-1808), a Massachusetts politician who served in the United States House of Representatives.

Robbins was born on 11 May 1900 in Paris, France, the son of Thomas Hinckley Robbins, Sr. (9 April 1877 – 14 November 1954), and the former Alice Ames (23 September 1873 – 23 October 1951). He entered the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, as a member of the Class of 1920, but his curriculum was accelerated due to the entry of the United States into World War I on 6 April 1917, and he graduated in 1919. Robbins retired from the Navy as a rear admiral in 1962.

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Commands held:
USS Sandpiper (AM-51)
USS Lexington (CV-16)
Carrier Division 17
Carrier Division 2
President of the Naval War College
President, Naval Discharge Review Board
Commandant, Potomac River Naval Command

World War II
Pacific War
Battle of Okinawa
Battle of Luzon
Japan campaign

Commendation Ribbon (1944)
Legion of Merit (two awards, 1945 and 1962, 1945 award with Combat "V")

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 Duty Stations
US NavySubmarine Chasers (SC)US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)School Assignments - Staff
VS-5VS-6NAS AnacostiaUSS Langley (CV-1)
VS-4Naval War College (Faculty Staff)USS Lexington (CV-2)CNO - OPNAV
Joint Forces Staff College/Armed Forces Staff College (Faculty Staff)Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)USS Lexington (CV-16)Joint Strategic Target Planning Staff (JSTPS)
Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)
  1919-1921, 116X, USS Utah (BB-31)
  1921-1922, 111X, USS Sturtevant (DD-240)
  1922-1923, 111X, USS Scorpion (PY-3)
  1923-1924, 111X, Submarine Chasers (SC)
  1924-1924, 111X, USS Macleish (DD-220)
  1924-1925, 111X, USS McFarland (DD-237)
  1925-1927, 111X, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1927-1928, 111X, USS Utah (BB-31)
  1928-1928, 139X, Naval Flight Training
  1928-1929, 131X, VS-5
  1928-1929, 131X, USS Concord (CL-10)
  1929-1931, 131X, VS-6
  1929-1931, 131X, USS Cincinnati (CL-6)
  1931-1932, 131X, NAS Anacostia
  1932-1933, 131X, Bureau of Aeronautics
  1933-1935, 131X, USS Sandpiper (AM-51)
  1935-1936, 131X, USS Langley (CV-1)
  1935-1936, 131X, VS-4
  1936-1937, 131X, Naval War College (Faculty Staff)/College of Naval Warfare (Faculty Staff)
  1937-1938, 131X, Naval Torpedo Station, Newport RI
  1938-1939, 131X, Naval War College (Faculty Staff)
  1939-1940, 131X, USS Lexington (CV-2)
  1940-1941, 131X, Commander, Aircraft, Scouting Force
  1941-1941, 131X, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations/Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Air Warfare)
  1942-1942, 131X, Commander in Chief, United States Fleet (CINCUS)
  1942-1943, 131X, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Air Warfare)/Aviation Plans and Requirements Division (OP-50)
  1943-1944, 131X, Joint Forces Staff College/Armed Forces Staff College (Faculty Staff)
  1944-1945, 131X, Naval Air Forces Pacific Fleet
  1945-1945, 131X, USS Lexington (CV-16)
  1945-1948, 131X, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations/Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Air Warfare)
  1948-1949, 131X, Carrier Division 17 (COMCARDIV 17)
  1949-1952, 131X, Joint Strategic Target Planning Staff (JSTPS)
  1952-1953, 131X, Carrier Division 2 (COMCARDIV 2)
  1953-1957, 9420, Naval War College (Faculty Staff)
  1956-1957, 9420, Naval War College (Faculty Staff)
  1957-1960, 9420, Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)/Council Review Board (SECNAVCORB)
  1960-1962, 9420, Potomac River/Potomac River Naval Command (PRNC)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  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 US Occupation of Japan
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyNaval War College
  1917-1920, United States Naval Academy
  1936-1937, Naval War College
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Naval career of Rear Admiral Thomas Hinckley Robbins, USN (Ret.)
  Jul 11, 2016, General Photos
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