Adm Harold Edson Shear

Adm Harold Edson Shear

Birth
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 1 Feb 1999 (aged 80)
Groton Long Point, New London County, Connecticut, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Sec: 59, Site: 2094-1
Memorial ID 49312963 · 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 US Naval Forces Europe, the Vice Chief of Naval Operations, and the Commander-in-Chief of Allied Forces Southern Europe. Born in New York City, New York, his father died during the Influenza Epidemic six weeks before his birth. After completing high school in 1937, he received an appointment to the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland in 1938 and graduated early in January 1941 with his officer's commission due to the US entering World War II. He spent the majority of his sea duty naval career serving aboard submarines and destroyer escorts. During World War II he served as a lieutenant commander on the submarine USS Sawfish and participated in combat action against Japanese forces in the Pacific Theater of Operations. He was a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College (now Joint Forces Staff College) at Norfolk, Virginia in 1954 and the National War College at Fort McNair, Washington DC in 1964. In 1967 he was promoted to the rank of rear admiral and served as the Director of Anti-Submarine Warfare in Washington DC. In 1971 he was promoted to the rank of vice admiral. In 1974 he was promoted to the rank of admiral and became Commander-in-Chief of Allied Forces Southern Europe in Naples, Italy and the following year he returned to the US and became the Vice Chief of Naval Operations in Washington DC. In 1977 he returned to Naples after being appointed the Commander-in-Chief of Allied Forces Southern Europe and he retired in that position in 1980 with 39 years of continuous military service. Among his military awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Navy Distinguished Service Medal (with one gold star), the Silver Star, the American Campaign Medal, the Asian-Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy and Marine Commendation Medal (with combat "V" (valor) device, the National Defense Service Medal (with one bronze star), and the Vietnam Service Medal. Following his military retirement, he worked briefly as vice president of Norton, Lily & Company before being selected by US President Ronald Reagan in 1981 as head of the Maritime Administration in the US Commerce Department. After retiring in 1985, he assisted in the development of the Submarine Force Library and Museum in Groton, Connecticut. He died in Groton Long Point, Connecticut at the age of 80.

Bio by: William Bjornstad


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  • Created by: John C. Anderson
  • Added: 6 Mar 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 49312963
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Adm Harold Edson Shear (6 Dec 1918–1 Feb 1999), Find a Grave Memorial no. 49312963, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by John C. Anderson (contributor 47208015) .