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 Ernest Joseph King

Ernest Joseph King

Birth
Lorain, Lorain County, Ohio, USA
Death 25 Jun 1956 (aged 77)
Kittery, York County, Maine, USA
Burial Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA
Plot Section 6 Plot 1177-B
Memorial ID 4546 · View Source
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United States Naval Fleet Admiral. Born in Lorain, Ohio, he was appointed to the US Naval Academy with the class of 1901. During the Spanish American War, he served as a Naval Cadet on the "USS San Francisco", for which he received the Sampson Medal. His early assignments included service on the "USS Eagle", the "USS Cincinnati" (which observed the Russo-Japanese War of 1905), and the Battleships "USS Illinois" and "USS Alabama". In 1906, he was an instructor in Ordnance and Gunnery at the United States Naval Academy, followed by a 3-year tour as Aide to the Commander, Battleship Division 2, Atlantic Fleet. He continued serving on staffs, including the staff of the Commander, Atlantic Fleet. In 1912, he commanded the Engineering Experimental Station at Annapolis, and then was assigned to Destroyers. In World War I, he served on the staff of Commander, Atlantic Fleet. In 1919, he became Commandant of the Naval Post Graduate School. In 1922, his career began to move into submarines, and in 1923, he became commander of the Sub Base of New London, Connecticut. In September 1925, he was in charge of the salvage of S-51, a submarine that had sunk off Block Island. In May 1927, he qualified as a Naval Aviator, but in December 1927, when the S-4 sunk, he was assigned to salvage that submarine. In 1929, he commanded the Norfolk Naval Air Station, and in 1933, completed Naval War College. From 1933 to 1936 he was Chief of the Bureau of Aeronautics, being promoted to Vice Admiral in 1938. In February 1941, he was promoted to Admiral, and made Commander, Atlantic Fleet, and following the attack on Pearl Harbor, was made Commander-in-Chief, United States Fleet, the only officer to hold that position. In March 1942, he was made Chief of Naval Operations, until December 1945, when he retired from active service. He remained as an advisor to the Secretary of the Navy until his death in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in 1956.

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  • Added: 15 Feb 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 4546
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ernest Joseph King (23 Nov 1878–25 Jun 1956), Find A Grave Memorial no. 4546, citing United States Naval Academy Cemetery, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .