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Cruiser Division Two: 1st Millaire (A Marston), Dee.
Mississippi (BB-41) (1925-1927); commanded the Torpedo Station at Newport, Rhode Island (1927-1929); promoted rear admiral (September 1929); commanded the submarines of the Atlantic and Pacific fleets (1929-1931); served as superintendent of the Naval Academy (May 1931-June 1934); commanded a cruiser division (1934-1936); served on the General Board (1936-1939); as admiral and commander of the Asiatic Fleet (June 1939), he took measures to maintain U.S.
New York (BB-34) (1933-1935) before working in the Navy Budget Office (1935-1938); promoted rear admiral (November 1937), and was appointed commander of Cruiser Division 7 (July 1938); made commander of Battle Force Cruisers, and of Cruiser Division 9 (June 1939); promoted over forty-six more senior admirals to the post of CINCPAC, with his flag aboard U.S.S.
Indianapolis (CA-35) (1937-1938) and was then appointed naval attache and naval air attache in Rome (November 1938) with additional duty as naval attache in Belgrade (Beograd), Yugoslavia (April 1939); returned to the United States (March 1941); promoted rear admiral, he took command of Cruiser Division 6 (November); after Pearl Harbor he took part in raids against Rabaul and New Guinea (March 1942); fought in the battle of Coral Sea (May 4-8) and at the decisive battle of Midway (June 2-5); assigned command of Task Force 16 built around U.S.S.
Augusta (CA-31) (1933-1935); served as assistant chief of the Bureau of Navigation (1935-1938) and promoted to rear admiral (1938); subsequently led a cruiser division and then a battleship division (1938-June 1939); made chief of Bureau of Navigation (June 1939) and then promoted to admiral and named commander in chief of the Pacific Fleet (December 31, 1941) following the resignation of Adm.
Ibo Takahashi's Third Fleet during the conquest of the Philippines (December 1941-May 1942), the capture of Balikpapan, Borneo (January 1942), and the battle of the Java Sea (February 27); as commander of Cruiser Division 7 (June), he took part in the naval campaign around Guadalcanal, notably leading the cruiser bombardment of American positions on the island itself (night November 12-13); promoted to vice admiral (1943); he commanded C Force, or Southern Force, in an effort to reach the American shipping in Leyte Gulf through Surigao Strait as part of the SHO plan (October 1944); encountered heavy naval resistance, first from American PT boats and destroyers, and then from the six elderly but skillfully positioned battleships of Adm.
Houston (CA-30); transferred to the staff of the Naval War College (autumn 1941), promoted to rear admiral soon after Pearl Harbor (January 1942); served in a series of Caribbean commands (January 1942-April 1943); commanded a task force in the Atlantic Fleet (May-December 1943); assigned to the Pacific as commander of Cruiser Division 4, aboard the flagship, U.S.S.
Chuichi Nagumo's carriers during the strike on Pearl Harbor (December 1941); commander of the Attu Occupation Force (June 1942), he afterward became commander of Cruiser Division 8 (November); as such, led an attack against U.S.
Mississippi (1938-1939) until his promotion to rear admiral (December 1939); placed in command of the 10th Naval District (San Juan, Puerto Rico) from February 1940 through November 1941, and also briefly commanded the Caribbean Sea Frontier (July 1-August 1941); appointed to command Cruiser Division 5 of the Pacific Fleet (November?) and in that capacity escorted the carrier Hornet (CV-8) during Col.
Marc Mitscher, then in command of Task Force 58 (January-September 1945); chief of staff to Atlantic Fleet (late 1945-1947), then attached to the office of the chief of naval operations in charge of the Navy's nuclear weapons development program (1948-1949); promoted rear admiral (July 1950) and sent to Korean waters to command Cruiser Division 5; director of strategic plans division in the Navy Department (1952-1954), then commander of Cruiser Division 6, Atlantic Fleet (1954-1955); appointed chief of naval operations (August 17, 1955), and served an unprecedented six years in that post, until his retirement (August 1, 1961); later involved in various business interests; received the Medal of Freedom (January 10, 1977).