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Morton Lyndholm Deyo, American naval officer. Decorated with Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (combat; twice); Honorary Distinguished Service Order (with bar, twice) (British); Legion of Honor (officer) and Croix de Guerre with palm (France); Expeditionary and other service medals. Member Naval institute, American Newcomen Society.


Deyo, Morton Lyndholm was born on July 1, 1887 in Poughkeepsie, New York, United States. Son of Peter and Ida Florence (Woolsey) Deyo.


Student Yale; Bachelor of Science, United States Naval Academy, 1911. Graduated from Nava War College, 1932, Staff Naval War College, 1934.


1 daughter, Maria Lila (Mistress J.H.P. Garnett). United States Ship Allen out of Queenstown, World War I. Commanded United States Ship Morris in Europe.

Staff commander in chief of the United States Fleet. Staff Naval War College. Operations officer Asiatic Fleet, 1936-1939.

Naval aide to Secretary of Navy, 1940-1941. Commanded Destroyer squadron Atlantic 1941. Commanded United States Ship Indianapolis, Pacific, 1942.

Rear admiral, 1942; commanded destroyers Atlantic Fleet, 1943. Deputy commander United States Naval Forces, Invasion of Normandy, commanding Naval Bombardment Groups. Commanded Task Force bombardment of Cherbourg.

Commanded bombardment group, Southern France. Commanded bombardment group, Iwo Jima. Principal task commander Okinawa, director naval occupation forces Kyushu Island, naval task forces in demilitarization Northern Japan.

Commandant First Naval District, retired, 1949.


Member Naval institute, American Newcomen Society. Clubs: Somerset (Boston).


Married Maria Ten Eyck Decatur Mayo, November 15, 1916.

Peter Deyo

Ida Florence (Woolsey) Deyo

Maria Ten Eyck Decatur Mayo