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John Howard Cassady, American naval officer. Decorated Legion of Merit with gold star, Victory Medal World War I with destroyer clasp, American Defense Service Medal with fleet clasp, American Area Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign Medal with 4 stars, Victory Medal World World War II (United States), Order British Empire, Commander of Bath (Great Britain), Order of the Phoenix (Greece).


Cassady, John Howard was born on April 3, 1896 in Spencer, Indiana, United States. Son of William Franklin and Samantha (Haxton) Cassady.


Educated Spencer (Indiana) High School, and Army and Navy Preparatory School, Annapolis, Maryland. Graduated from the United States Naval Academy, 1918.


Commissioned ensign, United States Navy, 1918, and advanced through the grades to rear admiral, 1943. Served in the United States ships Cassin, Olympia, Wilkes, Truxton, McCormack, Colorado, Aroostook, Saratoga, Ranger, Virginia, Yorktown and Wasp. Designated naval aviator, 1927.

Assistant naval attache and naval attache for air, American Embassy, Rome, Italy, 1937-1939. Operations officer on staff of commander aircraft, Atlantic Fleet, 1940-1941. Chief of staff of to commander of operational training command, Jacksonville, Florida, 1941-1942.

Director aviation training div. Bureau of Aeronautics, Navy Department, March-August 1943. Commanding officer, United States Ship Saratoga, 1943-1944.

Assistant deputy chief of naval operations (air) Navy Department, Washington, District of Columbia, 1944-1945. Commander carrier div. Atlantic Fleet, 1945-1947.

Assistant chief of naval operations for air, 1947-1949. Commander, air fleet, Jacksonville, Florida, from 1949.


Married Sallie Dold, February 3, 1925. Children: John Howard, William Francis.

William Franklin Cassady

Samantha (Haxton) Cassady

Sallie Dold

John Howard Cassady

William Francis Cassady