Francis Xavier Mcinerney Edit Profile
Student of University of Colorado, 1916-1917. Bachelor of Science, United States Naval Academy, 1920. Bachelor of Laws, George Washington University, 1935.
He was commissioned from the United States Naval Academy in June 1921. As a junior officer, his tours of duty included the ships, USS New Mexico (BB-40), USS Burns (DD-171), USS Williamson (DD-244), and USS Dobbin (AD-3). Subsequent tours included USS Concord (CL-10), and instructor at the Post-Graduate School, Annapolis, Maryland.
World War II Vice admiral (VADM) McInerney assumed command of USS Smith (DD-378) in May 1940, and was commanding that destroyer when the United States entered World War II. Later he was assigned to the ANZAC Squadron in the South Pacific and, as senior officer in destroyers, participated in the early strikes in the Solomons and the Battle of the Coral Sea. In March 1943, he assumed command of Destroyer Squadron 21. He led his ships in the Solomons in the Battle of Kula Gulf and Battle of Kolombangara in July 1943.
He assumed command of the battleship USS Washington (BB-56) in June 1945. In October 1946, VADM McInerney reported as Commanding Officer of the Naval Receiving Station, Treasure Island, California. He assumed command of Cruiser Division Three in March 1949.
In January 1950, he became Commander Amphibious Training Command, Pacific Fleet. Subsequently, he commanded Amphibious Group Three, Pacific Fleet, and Service Squadron Three. Post World War II In May 1953, he became Senior Member, Board of Naval Inspection and Survey, West Coast Section.
In October 1954, he was assigned as President of the Permanent General Court Martial, Eleventh Naval District. He retired 30 June 1955. VADM McInerney died on 24 June 1956 in San Diego, California.
He was buried at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, California.
Member Bar Supreme Court of the United States Court District of Columbia, Delta Tau Delta. Clubs: Army-Navy Country (Arlington, Virginia).
Married Katharine Hammann, May 20, 1924. Children: Joan, Robert.
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