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ADM David Harrington Bagley

ADM David Harrington Bagley

Birth
The Hague (Den Haag), Den Haag Municipality, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Death 7 Apr 1992 (aged 71)
Vienna, Fairfax County, Virginia, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 8, Site 458
Memorial ID 24046934 · View Source
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US Navy Admiral. A combat veteran of World War II, he rose in rank to become the Commander-in-Chief of the US Naval Forces Europe. The son of US Navy Admiral David Worth Bagley, he was born in The Hague, Netherlands and was raised at various naval installations around the world. After graduating from high school, he received an appointment in 1940 to attend the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland and graduated early in June 1943 with an ensign's commission. He served on destroyers in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II. Other significant post-World War II sea duty assignments include commander of the destroyer USS Henderson, the frigate USS Luce and the cruiser USS Oklahoma City. He also commanded a cruiser and destroyer group in San Diego, California and the Western Pacific and a US Navy 7th Fleet cruiser and destroyer group which participated in combat operations during the war in Vietnam. Notable shore assignments include service at the US Naval Academy, a student at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, and assignments to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, International Security Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and Executive Assistant and Naval aide to the Undersecretary of the Navy, and the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, all in Washington DC. In 1972 he became Chief of Naval Personnel in Washington DC and in May 1975 he was promoted to the rank of admiral and became Commander-in-Chief of US Naval Forces Europe in Naples, Italy and he retired in that position in 1977 with 34 years of continuous military service. Among his military decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Medal (with one gold star), the Legion of Merit (with three gold stars), the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. He died from cancer at the age of 71. He was a brother to US Navy Admiral Worth H. Bagley.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 24046934
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for ADM David Harrington Bagley (7 Dec 1920–7 Apr 1992), Find A Grave Memorial no. 24046934, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .