Lodge, John Davis, CAPT

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183X-Special Duty Officer - Intelligence
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1960-1966, 655X, Naval Reserve Forces Command
Service Years
1939 - 1966
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Home Town
Washington, DC
Last Address
Westport, Connecticut

Date of Passing
Oct 29, 1985
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 30 Lot 8966 Grid AA-39

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Department of State Service Badge US European Command US Navy Retired 20

 Unofficial Badges 

US Naval Reserve Honorable Discharge

 Military Association Memberships
Dept of ConnecticutAbe E. Miller Post 133Association of Former Intelligence OfficersReserve Officers Association (ROA)
Navy League of the United StatesNavy Club of the United States of AmericaAmerican Military Retirees Association (AMRA)
  1945, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Dept of Connecticut (Executive Secretary) (Rocky Hill, Connecticut) - Chap. Page
  1945, American Legion, Abe E. Miller Post 133 (Secretary/Treasurer) (South Windsor, Connecticut) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  1945, Association of Former Intelligence Officers
  1950, Reserve Officers Association (ROA)
  1950, Navy League of the United States - Assoc. Page
  1950, Navy Club of the United States of America
  1966, American Military Retirees Association (AMRA) - Assoc. Page

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Last Known Activity

John Davis Lodge
Captain, United States Naval Reserve 
Lawyer - Actor - Member of Congress -
Governor of Connecticut
American Diplomat on special presidential missions to
Puerto Rico, Panama, and Costa Rica

United States Ambassador to Spain, Argentina, Switzerland and the U.N.


He received a direct commission in the Naval Reserve in 1939, a Lieutenant in the US Naval Reserve on 19 January 1940, and was promoted to Lieutenant Commander, 29 May 1944, and to Commander 1 July 1950. He retired from the United States Naval Reserve in 1966 with the rank of Captain.

Reporting for active Naval service in August 1942, he was assigned to the Special Events Section, Public Relations Office in the Third Naval District, with headquarters in New York, New York. He remained there until April 1943 and in June of that year joined the staff of Commander Naval Forces, Northwest African Waters, as French Naval Rearmament and Naval Liaison Officer.

From 1 August to 10 December 1944, he had successive service as Executive Officer in the Office of the Senior US Naval Liaison Office, Algiers; as Assistant Liaison Officer on the staff of the US Naval Liaison Officer, French Ports; as Headquarters Liaison Officer at the US Naval Detachment, Toulon, France; and as Headquarters Liaison Officer on the Staff of the Commander Naval Advance Bases and Commodore Liaison, American-British Staff. During that period he also served as Public Relations Officer and Press Censor for the Sicilian Operation and for the landings at Salerno and Southern France.

He had the Naval Reserve Medal; the American Campaign Medal; the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal; and the World War II Victory Medal. He was also decorated with: Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur and Honneur Croix de Guerre with Palm, France; Grand officer Order of Merit, Italy; Grand Cross Noble Order of Charles III, Spain; Grand Cross Orden de Mayo, Argentina; Order Polonia Restituta, Poland; recipient Gold medal, Madrid, Spanish Institute.

He was a resident of Westport, Connecticut, until his death in New York City on October 29, 1985. His private memorial in Section 30 of Arlington National Cemetery reads:

"To be useful to our fellow man is a noble aspiration.

A life of service is still a life well spent." 

Lawyer, 1929-32; Actor, 1932-42; Naval Officer, 1942-46; U.S. Congressman, 1947-51; Governor of Connecticut, 1951-55; U.S. Ambassador to Spain, 1955-61, to Argentina, 1969-74, to Switzerland, 1983-85; U.S. Delegate, 1984-85.

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Courtesy of the U.S. House of Representatives:

LODGE, John Davis, (grandson of Henry Cabot Lodge, brother of Henry Cabot Lodge II, and nephew of Augustus P. Gardner), a Representative from Connecticut; born in Washington, D.C., October 20, 1903; attended the Evans School, Mesa, Ariz., the Middlesex School, Concord, Mass., and Ecole de Droit, Paris, France; was graduated from Harvard University in 1925 and from the Harvard Law  School in 1929; was admitted to the New York bar in 1932 and commenced practice in New York City; affiliated with the motion-picture industry and the theater 1933-1942; served with the United States Navy as a lieutenant and lieutenant commander August 1942 to January 1946 and was a liason officer between the French and American fleets; was decorated with the rank of Chevalier in the French Legion of Honor and with the Croix de Guerre with palm by General de Gaulle; engaged in research work in economics; elected as a Republican to the Eightieth and Eighty-first Congresses (January 3, 1947-January 3, 1951); was not a candidate for renomination in 1950; Governor of Connecticut from January 1951 to January 1955; unsuccessful for reelection as Governor in 1954; United States Ambassador to Spain from January 1955 until January 1961; National president, Junior Achievement, Inc., 1963-1964; chairman, Committee Foreign Policy Research Institute, University of Pennsylvania, 1964-1969; delegate and assistant floor leader, Connecticut Constitutional Convention, in 1965; United States Ambassador to Argentina, 1969 to 1974; Ambassador to Switzerland, 1983; was a resident of Westport, Connecticut until his death in New York City, October 29, 1985; intermant in Arlington National Cemetery.


National president, Junior Achievement, 1963-1964. Committee chairman Foreign Policy Research Institute University Pennsylvania, 1964-1969. Member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Inter-American Bar Association, New York Bar Association, Mexican Academy International Law, Foreign Service Association, Former Members of Congress, Harvard Alumni Association, Connecticut Republican Labor League, American Legion, Western Connecticut Retired Officers Association, Reserve Officers Association, Navy League, Association Former Intelligence Officers, Army & Navy Club, Dutch Treat Club, Harvard Club, Chowder & Marching Club (founding member), Explorers Club, Grange Club, Fairfield County Hunt Club, National Press Club, DACOR House Club, Phi Beta Kappa, French Legion of Honor.

Also, from the book: "JOHN DAVIS LODGE, a life in three acts: actor, politician, diplomat" by Thomas A. DeLong, chapter 10 "A Military Bearing".
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 Duty Stations
Direct Commission Officer School (Faculty Staff)Naval Reserve Intelligence Command (NRIC)US NavyCNO - OPNAV
Naval Reserve Forces Command
  1939-1939, 183X, Direct Commission Officer School (Faculty Staff)
  1939-1942, Sp(B), Naval Reserve Intelligence Command (NRIC)
  1942-1943, 655X, 3rd Naval District
  1943-1944, 655X, Commander Naval Forces, Northwest African Waters
  1944-1946, 170X, CNO - OPNAV/Defense Liaison Division
  1950-1960, 655X, Naval Reserve Forces Command
  1960-1966, 655X, Naval Reserve Forces Command
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1943-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1950-1953 Korean War
  1961-1966 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
Harvard UniversityHarvard UniversityTrinity College, Hartford ConnecticutWorcester Polytechnic Institute
  1921-1925, Harvard University
  1926-1929, Harvard University
  1951-1951, Trinity College, Hartford Connecticut
  1952-1952, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  John Davis Lodge background material1
  Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Spain, Argentina and Switzerland1
  BIO: John Davis Lodge2
  Dec 21, 1970, Daughter Edith
  May 22, 1983, Personality Spotlight -- diplomat John Davis Lodge
  Oct 29, 1985, General Photos7
  Oct 30, 1985, John Davis Lodge, former ambassador and governor2
  Feb 25, 1998, Francesca Braggiotti Lodge2
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