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Adm John Conner "Brute" Atkeson
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Birth: Sep. 11, 1905
Columbia
Houston County
Alabama, USA
Death: Jan. 17, 1989
Norfolk
Norfolk City
Virginia, USA

U. S. Naval Academy class of 1927. A destroyerman for most of his active service, commanded USS Bailey at the Battle of the Komandorskis, in which he participated in one of the last surface torpedo attacks, the naval equivalent of a cavalry charge. for which he was awarded the Navy Cross. Duriing the last years of the Korean War, commanded the battleship New Jersey.Retired as RADM, USN.
His Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to John Conner Atkeson, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Destroyer U.S.S. BAILEY (DD-492), in action on 26 March 1943, in the Aleutian Islands, Territory of Alaska. As Commanding Officer of the flagship of a destroyer squadron, Lieutenant Commander Atkeson maneuvered his ship within less than 10,000 yards of a vastly stronger enemy force and drew most of the hostile fire away from a heavy cruiser of our task group. At close range he launched a torpedo attack and scored one hit on a Japanese cruiser. Lieutenant Commander Atkeson's conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 319 (October 1943)
 
 
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 Parents:
  Clarence Lee Crawford Atkeson (1860 - 1939)
  Annie May Conner Atkeson (1871 - 1955)
 
 Spouse:
  Louise Betty Lamkin Atkeson (1908 - 2004)*
 
 Children:
  Thomas Lamkin Atkeson (1934 - 2011)*
 
 Siblings:
  Virginia Conner Atkeson Brown (1894 - 1985)*
  Thomas Conner Atkeson (1897 - 1979)*
  Clarence Lee Conner Atkeson (1899 - 1975)*
  John Conner Atkeson (1905 - 1989)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
United States Naval Academy Cemetery
Annapolis
Anne Arundel County
Maryland, USA
Plot: Section 01 Lot 0100
 
Created by: Jack Davison
Record added: Jun 17, 2011
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Thank You.
- Honor WWII
 Added: Jan. 5, 2014
For your partb in the Naval equivalent of a cavalry charge at the Komandorski Islands.
- Jack Davison
 Added: Aug. 5, 2013
Thank you for your great service in preserving our country's freedoms. I will honor you in the only way that I can . . . by remembering you always. May you rest in peace knowing that you truly embodied the ideals of "Duty, Honor, Country."
- Charles A. Lewis
 Added: Feb. 3, 2012
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