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Naval officer

Matthias Bennett Gardner, American naval officer. Decorated Legion of Merit (2), Bronze Star, Victory Medal with star, American Defense Medal with star, Pacific Medal with silver star, Distinguished Service medal (Navy). Member National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics.; Club: Chevy Chase (Washington).


Gardner, Matthias Bennett was born on November 28, 1897 in Washington, District of Columbia. Son of Frank Duane and Ellen (Crum) Gardner.


Student Tennessee Military Institute, 1913-1914, Pennsylvania State College, 1914-1915. Bachelor of Science, United States Naval Academy, 1918.


Commissioned ensign, United States Navy, 1918, and advanced through the grades to vice admiral, 1950. In naval aviation from 1922. Served in Office of Chief of Naval Operations, Navy Department, Washington, District of Columbia, 1938-1940.

In United States Ship Wright, 1940-1941. Chief of staff Aircraft South Pacific, 1942. Commanded United States Ship Enterprise, 1943-1944, Carrier Division 11, 1944, Carrier Division 7, 1944.

Staff commanded in chief United States Fleet, 1945. Office of CNO, 1946, 48. Commander Naval Air Bases, 14th North Dakota, 1947.

Office CNO, 1948-1950. Commander of Second Fleet, 1950-1951. Commander of Sixth Fleet, 1951-1952.

Deputy chief of naval operations (air) from 1952.


Member National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. Club: Chevy Chase (Washington).


Married Mistress.

Frank Duane Gardner

Ellen (Crum) Gardner