George D. Murray

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George Dominic Murray
Born (1889-07-06)July 6, 1889
Boston, Massachusetts
Died 18 June 1956(1956-06-18) (aged 66)
San Francisco, California
Place of burial Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Department of the Navy Seal.svg United States Navy
Years of service 1910–1951
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held First Fleet
USS Enterprise
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Navy Cross[1]

George Dominic Murray (July 6, 1889 – June 18, 1956) was a vice admiral of the United States Navy and early naval aviator.

Biography[edit]

Murray was born in Boston, Massachusetts, attended the U.S. Naval Academy, graduating in 1910 and became a naval aviator in 1915. During World War II, he commanded the aircraft carrier Enterprise (CV-6), from 21 March 1941 to 30 June 1942, which included the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo and the Battle of Midway.[2] At the end of the war, he was the commander of the Mariana Islands, and accepted the Japanese surrender of the Caroline Islands aboard his flagship, the cruiser Portland (CA-33).[3][4]

He commanded the First Fleet from August 1947 to August 1948.

He retired as Vice Admiral in 1951, died in San Francisco, California on 18 June 1956, and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.[2]

In 1961, Murray was posthumously designated the third recipient of the Gray Eagle Award, as the most senior active naval aviator from 1947 until his retirement.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Military Times Hall of Valor : Awards for George Dominic Murray". militarytimes.com. Retrieved 11 October 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "George D. Murray". earlyaviators.com. Retrieved 11 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "Naval History : USS Portland (CA-33)". historycentral.com. Retrieved 11 October 2010. 
  4. ^ "USS Portland - Surrender of Truk Atoll, 2 September 1945". ussportland.org. Retrieved 11 October 2010. 

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