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Naval officer

Russell Stanley Berkey, American naval officer. Awarded Legion of Merit with gold stars in lieu of 2d and 3d medals, Distinguished Service Medal, Navy Cross.

Background

Berkey, Russell Stanley was born on August 4, 1893 in Goshen, Indiana, United States. Son of Albert and Lenora (Murray) Berkey.

Education

Bachelor of Science, United States Naval Academy, 1916. Student United States Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, 1938-1939.

Career

Commissioned ensign, United States Navy, 1916, advancing through the grades to rear admiral, 1943. Served on United States Ship New York with Grand Fleet, North Sea, 1917-1918. Aide and secretary to Admiral W. V. Pratt, commander in chief United States Fleet, 1929-1930.

Aide to Admiral Pratt, chief of naval operations, 1931-1932. Commanded gunboat Panay, Yangtze River, China, 1933-1934, destroyer Smith-Thompson, Asiatic Station, 1934-1936. Assistant commandant, United States Naval Base, Iceland, 1941-1942.

Commanded light cruiser United States Ship Santa Fe (engaging in action in North, Central and South Pacific areas), 1942-1943. Rear admiral appointed commander Cruiser Division 15, assigned to duty in Southwest Pacific, from December 1943. Commanded Cruisers 7th Fleet and Task Forces 74 and 75, December 1943-July 1945.

Participated in reoccupation of New Britain, New Guinea, the Admiralties, Morotai, all phases of the Philippine campaign and Tarakan, Brunei Bay and Balikpapan, Borneo. Commander United States right flank forces, Battle of Suriago Strait in defense Leyte Beachhead. Assigned duty in Office of Public Relations, Navy Department, Washington, District of Columbia, September 1945.

Connections

Married Eleanore Dickey Campbell, January 15, 1919.

father:
Albert Berkey

mother:
Lenora (Murray) Berkey

spouse:
Eleanore Dickey Campbell