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William Garrett Greenman, American naval officer. Recipient Legion of Merit, Purple Heart medal, Presidential Unit Citation ribbon, Mexican Service medal, Haitian Campaign medal, Victory medal, Grand Fleet and Atlantic Fleet clasp, American Defense Service medal, Fleet clasp, Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign medal, American Area Campaign medal, World World War II Victory medal.


Greenman, William Garrett was born on August 26, 1888 in Utica, New York, United States. Son of Byron Scott and Carrie Vosse (Pierce) Greenman.


Bachelor of Science, United States Naval Academy, 1912.


Commissioned ensign United States Navy, June 1912. And advanced through the grades to commodore, November 2, 1945. Served on United States Ship North Dakota, 1912-1913, United States Ship Sacramento, 1914-1915, United States Ship Nevada, 1915-1918, United States Ship Florida, January-September 1919.

On duty Navy Department, Washington, District of Columbia, 1919-1921. Executive officer United States Ship Shawmut, 1921-1923. Aide and flag secretary, staff vice admiral McCully, 1923-1924.

Secretary academic board, United States Naval Academy, 1924-1927. Commanded United States Ship Preston, 1928. Aide and flag secretary staff Admiral Wiley (commander in chief, United States Fleet), 1928-1929.

Commanded United States Ship Brooks, 1930. In executive department United States Naval Academy, 1930-1933. First lieutenant and damage control officer, United States Ship Ranger, 1934-1936.

Inspector Naval Petroleum Reserves in California, 1936-1939. Commander destroyer div. 10 and 27, 1939-1940.

Chief of staff and aide to commander destroyers, Atlantic Squadron, 1940-1942. Commissioned United States Ship Astoria, cruiser (Battle of Savo Island), 1942. Attached to 1st Marine div. on Guadalcanal as 1st commander naval bases in Solomon Islands, 1942.

Commander Service Force, Pacific Fleet, later duty h.q. commander-in-chief, Pacific Fleet, 1943-1944. Chief of Staff to Commanded, Marshall and Mariannas Islands, 1944. Director naval petroleum reserves, Office Secretary of Navy, Washington, District of Columbia, since April 1944.


Married Marion Frances Pierce, December 21, 1912. Children: Franklin Pierce, William G., Mary Nelson (Mistress.

Byron Scott Greenman

Carrie Vosse (Pierce) Greenman

Marion Frances Pierce

Franklin Pierce Greenman

William G. Greenman

Mary Nelson (Mrs Greenman