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Naval officer

Wilbur Rice Van Auken, American naval officer. Awarded Mexican Campaign Victory, Army Occupation of Austria, 1918, National Emergency medals; World World War II medals and Commendation Ribbon, citation from Secretary of Navy. Member Naval History Foundn., Naval Institute, National Geographic Society, Herkimer Company (New York) History Society, Fairfield Seminary Alumni Association Former president Washington Philatelic Society Republican; Mason.

Background

Auken, Wilbur Rice Van was born on March 13, 1882 in Utica, New York, United States. Son of Myron W. and Caroline (Rice) Van Auken.

Education

Bachelor of Science, Master of Science United States Naval Academy, 1903. Naval War College, 1927.

Career

1 daughter, Rosalie (wife of Commander Francis Blouin). Promoted through grades to captain, 1926. Served as gunnery officer on Flagship Rhode Island (Mexican campaign, 1914) and later on Texas.

In World War I, in charge fire control, Bureau Ordnance. Naval ordnance observer on staff of Admiral W. S. Sims in Europe. Command of Stribling in Mediterranean and Adriatic seas.

Head of Ordnance and Gunnery Department at United States Naval Academy, 1921-1924. Command of Aircraft Tender Aroostook, 1924-1926. Head Training Division, Bureau of Navigation, 1927-1929.

Command of United States Ship Vestal, 1929-1931. Staff of Naval War College, 1931-1934. In command of Oklahoma, 1934-1935.

On Naval Examining Board Navy Department, 1935-1939. Retired 1939; entered investment banking business, Washington, District of Columbia. Returned to active duty (on leave from Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Beane) as chief of naval personnel, bureau of Ordnance, Navy Department, January 1941-September 1945.

Retired, inactive duty, Navy 1941-September 1945. Retired, inactive duty, Navy Department, since September 1, 1945.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author: (textbooks) Technical Ordnance. Gunnery and Strategy Textbooks for Navy, Revised “Naval Ordnance,” 1942 Edition Encyclopedia Britannica. “Notes on Half Century of the United States Naval Ordnance, 1939”.

      Top of the Hill (with Thomas O’Durell) 1953. Contributor articles on naval subjects to mags. Speaker in colls. and Navy training schools, during World World War World War II.

Membership

Member Naval History Foundn., Naval Institute, National Geographic Society, Herkimer Company (New York) History Society, Fairfield Seminary Alumni Association Former president Washington Philatelic Society Republican. Mason.; Clubs: Army and Navy, Country, Chevy Chase (Washington, Country,). Member board directors Navy Mutual Aid Association, since 1942.

Connections

Married Pauline Thompson, June 16, 1909.

father:
Myron W. Auken

mother:
Caroline (Rice) Van Auken

spouse:
Pauline Thompson