A graduate of the Naval Academy, 1912 (Bachelor of Science).
Commissioned ensign United States Navy, 1912, and advanced to vice admiral, 1944. In charge War Plans section Bureau Navigation, 1941-1942. Chief of staff, commanding Service Force, also Amphibious Force, Atlantic Fleet, 1942.
Established and in charge Amphibious Warfare section, staff commander-in-chief, Washington. As commander 7th Amphibious Force, conducted all amphibious operations S.W. Pacific area (eastern end New Guinea through Bismarck Archipeligo to Philippines). Commander mopping-up amphibious landings, Philippines, N. Borneo, also landing Balikpapan, Borneo.
Participated at surrender Japanese commander of Korea, 1945. Handled repatriation of over two million Japanese from Korea and China. Served as commandant Caribbean Sea Frontier.
Commanded 13th Naval District, 1950. Retired, 1951. Director Civil Defense, State of Washington, 1951-1957.
Clubs: Army and Navy (Washington).
Quotes from others about the person
He demonstrated an extraordinary organizing capability," writes Hanson Baldwin in his introduction to the admiral’s memoir. “Through energy, force of personality, professional competence, and common sense, he was able to fashion a smoothly functioning amphibious force from the most heterogeneous collection of craft and men in history. And he got along with MacArthur—not by any means the easiest of his tasks. . ."
Married Katharine Graham, June 16, 1927.