Log In

William Robert Munroe Edit Profile

naval officer.

William Robert Munroe, American naval officer. Decorated World War medal; Cuban pacification medal. Defense medal; Asiatic medal; Atlantic medal; Distinguished Service Medal, 2 Legion of Merit medals, Army Commendatory Medal; Cruzerio del Sol (Brazil); Brazilian Legion of Merit; Greek and Paraguayan Legion of Merit medals.


Munroe, William Robert was born on April 8, 1886 in Waco, Texas, United States. Son of Richard Irby and Mary Lelia (Davidson) Munroe.


Student Baylor University, 1902-1903. Bachelor of Science, United States Naval Academy, 1908. Graduated from Nava War College, 1928.

Doctor of Laws, (honorary), Baylor University, 1943.


1 son, William Robert. Commissioned ensign, United States Navy, 1910, and advanced through the grades to rear admr., January 1941. Commander submarines during World War.

Commander United States Ship Paul Hamilton, 1925-1927. War plans, Navy Department, Washington, 1928-1930. Commanding Substitute Division 11, United States Fleet, 1930-1932.

Naval intelligence Navy Department, 1932-1934. Commanding Destroyer Division 60 and Squadron 20, Battle Force, 1935-1937. Commanding officer United States Ship Mississippi, 1939-1941.

Commander Battleship Division 3, Pacific Fleet, January 1941-March 1943. Commander Gulf Sea Frontier, March 1943-1944. Promoted to vice admiral, assigned command United States 4th Fleet, 1944, retired, October 1947.


Clubs: Army and Navy (Washington).


Married Katherine Barnwell Johnson, April.

Richard Irby Munroe

Mary Lelia (Davidson) Munroe

Katherine Barnwell Johnson