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Ellis Mark Zacharias, American naval officer. Decorated Legion of Merit (3), Commendation Ribbon, Mexican Service Medal, Victory Medal with Patrol Clasp, Yangtze Service Medal (United States); American Knight of Order of Dannebrog (Denmark).


Zacharias, Ellis Mark was born on January 1, 1890 in Jacksonville, Florida, United States. Son of Aaron and Theresa (Budwig) Zacharias.


Graduated from the United States Naval Academy, 1912. Student Japanese language and people, Japan, 1920-1923. Graduate senior course United States Naval War College, 1933-1934.

Married Clara Evans Miller, June, 1925.


Commissioned ensign, 1912, and advanced through grades to rear admiral. Served in various capacities aboard battleships. Engineering officer in Atlantic, gunnery officer, World War I.

Attache to American Embassy, Tokyo, 1920-1923. Additional sea duty: officer in charge Far Eastern div. Office Naval Intelligence, 1928-1931, 34-36.

District intelligence officer 11th Naval District, San Diego, 1938-1940. Commander cruiser Salt Lake City, in bombardment of enemy bases, Gilbert and Marshall Islands, 1940-1942. Deputy director Naval Intelligence, 1942-1943.

Commander battleship New Mexico, 1943-1944. Chief of staff 11th Naval District, 1944-1945. Temporary duty with commander in chief United States Fleet, conducting psychological warfare against Japanese high command, 1945.

Author, lecturer, since retirement, 1946.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Secret Missions, The Story of an Intelligence Officer, 1946. (articles) Eighteen Words that Bagged Japan. Balance Sheet of Disaster, 1947.

      Absolute Weapons, 1947. The Bewildered American People. Behind Closed Doors

    • The Secret History of the Cold War, 1950.

      Lecturer on international affairs, past and future security, secret missions in Japan and Far East.


Clubs: Army and Navy (Washington).


Children: Ellis Mark, Jerrold Matthew.

Aaron Zacharias

Theresa (Budwig) Zacharias

Ellis Mark Zacharias

Jerrold Matthew Zacharias