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 Barry Kennedy Atkins

Barry Kennedy Atkins

Birth
Old Lyme, New London County, Connecticut, USA
Death 15 Nov 2005 (aged 94)
Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 66, Site 6366
Memorial ID 12448094 · View Source
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United States Navy Rear Admiral. A 1932 Naval Academy graduate, during World War II he received the Navy Cross for "extraordinary heroism". On October 25, 1944, as commanding officer of the USS Melvin during the Battle of Surigao Strait in the Philippines, he sank the Japanese Battleship Fuso. Military historians believe the sinking of the Japanese Fuso was the only instance in the war of a destroyer sinking a battleship. In addition to tours of duty served in WW II, he served in the Korean War, on the United Nations Military Staff Committee and Chief of Staff to the Superintendent of the Naval Academy. He retired on November 1, 1959 and is also a recipient of the Silver Star, Bronze Star, with service ribbons and commendations.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 21 Nov 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 12448094
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Barry Kennedy Atkins (2 Aug 1911–15 Nov 2005), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12448094, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .