Adm Denis Leo Ryan

Adm Denis Leo Ryan

Birth
Big Spring, Howard County, Texas, USA
Death 8 Feb 1966 (aged 71)
Sun City, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 124476620 · View Source
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Denis L. Ryan Dies;
Services Set Friday
Sun City - Rear Adm. Denis L. Ryan, USN Ret., the last appointee to the U.S. Naval Academy from The Territory of Arizona in 1912, died yesterday in Luke AFB hospital.
Admiral Ryan, 71, served in both World Wars and won the Legion Of Merit as commander of amphibious transports at Okinawa. He also was in three other Pacific landings, including Lingayen Gulf in the Philippines.
After 34 years in the Navy, which included destroyer and anti-submarine patrols in World War I, he retired in 1946.
He returned to the state of his boyhood in 1960 and purchased a home in Sun city at 12010 Thunderbird Road. He was 2 when his family brought him to Tucson in 1896.
Mr. Ryan's efforts to get into the academy included a sneak visit to a territorial Legislative Committee chairman's hotel room in Tucson.
"The chairman was attired in red flannel underwear", Mr. Ryan recalled.
After failing the physical exam for the academy, he took his appeal to President Grover Cleveland.
"I wore a blue suit and brown derby hat for my audience with the president." Mr. Ryan said. He got a second crack at the physical and passed. He was graduated from the academy in 1916.
Later he acquired a master's degree in mechanical engineering at Columbia University. His career included command of one of the first destroyers on the Icelandic zone in World War.
In 1931 he participated in a Navy war game which launched a mock air strike at Pearl Harbor. He transported the first occupation troops to Japan.
After retiring he worked as an engineer on major construction projects and taught a year at Pennsylvania State University. He moved to Sun City from Stanwood, Mich. He was born in Big Spring, Texas.
Surviving are his wife, Sally; three sons, Denis L.Jr. of Wilmington, Del., Timothy of Phoenix, James L. of Sunnyvale, Calif.; three daughters, Sarah Ryan of Greenville, N.C., Mrs. Elizabeth Adams of Cleveland and Mrs. Jessica Myerson of San Francisco; a sister, Sister Mary Carmelita of Oxford, Calif.; and 11 grandchildren.
Funeral rites will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday in the Litchfield Naval Air Facility Chapel. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery.
Ludberg's Golden Door Chapel in Youngtown made arrangements.
--Arizona Republic Feb. 9, 1966, page 69


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  • Created by: Red Dirt Surfer
  • Added: 1 Feb 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 124476620
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Adm Denis Leo Ryan (14 Apr 1894–8 Feb 1966), Find A Grave Memorial no. 124476620, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Red Dirt Surfer (contributor 47702356) .