Adm John Conner “Brute” Atkeson

Adm John Conner “Brute” Atkeson

Birth
Columbia, Houston County, Alabama, USA
Death 17 Jan 1989 (aged 83)
Norfolk, Norfolk City, Virginia, USA
Burial Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA
Plot Section 01 Lot 0100
Memorial ID 71511035 · View Source
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U. S. Naval Academy class of 1927. A destroyerman for most of his active service, commanded USS Bailey at the Battle of the Komandorskis, in which he participated in one of the last surface torpedo attacks, the naval equivalent of a cavalry charge. for which he was awarded the Navy Cross. Duriing the last years of the Korean War, commanded the battleship New Jersey.Retired as RADM, USN.
His Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to John Conner Atkeson, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Destroyer U.S.S. BAILEY (DD-492), in action on 26 March 1943, in the Aleutian Islands, Territory of Alaska. As Commanding Officer of the flagship of a destroyer squadron, Lieutenant Commander Atkeson maneuvered his ship within less than 10,000 yards of a vastly stronger enemy force and drew most of the hostile fire away from a heavy cruiser of our task group. At close range he launched a torpedo attack and scored one hit on a Japanese cruiser. Lieutenant Commander Atkeson's conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 319 (October 1943)



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  • Created by: Jack Davison
  • Added: 17 Jun 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 71511035
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Adm John Conner “Brute” Atkeson (11 Sep 1905–17 Jan 1989), Find A Grave Memorial no. 71511035, citing United States Naval Academy Cemetery, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Jack Davison (contributor 47534141) .