|Birth: ||Nov. 29, 1920|
|Death: ||Jan. 2, 2000|
Youngest Admiral in U.S. Naval history. Elmo Russell Zumwalt, Jr. was born in San Francisco. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1942. He served on a destroyer during the Battle of Leyte Gulf in World War II and received the Bronze Star. During the Korean War, he served on the U.S.S. Wisconsin. At age of 44, Admiral Zumwalt became the youngest officer ever promoted to rear admiral. Admiral Zumwalt was Commander of the United States Naval ForcesĘduring the Vietnam War from 1968 to 1970. At age 49, he became the youngest four-star admiral in United States history and the youngest man ever to serve as Chief of Naval Operations. He initiated wide-ranging reforms in an effort to revitalize the Navy. He ordered the Navy to end racial and sexual discrimination and demeaning restrictions on sailors. Time Magazine hailed Zumwalt as "the Navy's most popular leader since World War II." While he was commander of Naval forces in Vietnam from 1968 to 1970, he had ordered the use of the defoliant "Agent Orange" in the Mekong Delta. His son, who was a patrol boat commander in the Mekong Delta died of cancer in 1988 that was attributed to his exposure to Agent Orange. Despite this, Zumwalt believed that the use of Agent Orange saved hundreds and maybe thousands of lives. He served as the Vice-Chairman and then Chairman of the National Marrow Donor Program during the period from 1987 through 1995. In 1998, Zumwalt was awarded the Presidential Medal of FreedomĘby President Bill Clinton. After his death, President Clinton said, "Admiral Zumwalt was one of the greatest models of integrity, leadership and genuine humanity our nation has ever produced."
Mouza Coutelais-du-Roche Zumwalt (1922 - 2005)*
Elmo Russell Zumwalt (1946 - 1988)*
Cause of death: From complications from surgery to remove a chest tumor.
United States Naval Academy Cemetery
Anne Arundel County
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Record added: Mar 02, 2001
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