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Naval officer

Ralph Whitman, American naval officer. Awarded Marine Corps’ Commemorative Expeditionary medal; Victory medal with West Indies clasp, special letter of commendation with silver star.


Whitman, Ralph was born on April 7, 1880 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Kilborn and Ella May (Wightman) Whitman.


Bachelor of Science, Massachusetts Institute Technology, 1901. Diploma, Naval War College, 1923.


Guyon. Civil engineer, Engineering Department, City of Boston, 1901-1905, Isthmian Canal Commission (studies for Panama Canal), 1905-1907. Commissioned ensign, Civil Engineer Corps, United States Navy, 1907, and advanced through ranks to rear admiral, 1939. Stationed successively at Navy Yard, Philadelphia.

Navy Department, Washington. Naval Station, Guatanamo, Cuba. Naval Academy; aide on staff of the United States Military Governor, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Naval Ordnance Plant, South Charleston, West Virginia. Naval War College; Norfolk (Virginia) Navy Yard. Mare Island (California) Navy Yard.

Naval Operating Base, Norfolk, Virginia. Stationed at Headquarters, 3d Naval District, New York City, from 1939, to April, 1944. Retired, May 1, 1944.


Member American Society, C.E., Boston Society of Civil Engineers, Society of America Military Engineers, American Association for the Advancement of Science, International Association of Navigation Congresses, United States Naval Institute. Club: Army and Navy (Washington).


Married Frances Guyon Seabrook, December 12, 1916.

Kilborn Whitman

Ella May (Wightman) Whitman

Frances Guyon Seabrook