Marion Case Cheek
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|Marion Case Cheek|
October 18, 1888|
|Died||June 20, 1969
San Francisco, California
|Place of burial||San Francisco National Cemetery|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1911–1945|
|Rank||Rear Admiral USN(R)|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
Legion of Merit (2)
Bronze Star Medal
Intelligence Medal of Merit
|Other work||Central Intelligence Agency|
Admiral Marion Case Cheek, USN(R) (October 18, 1888 – June 20, 1969) was a Rear Admiral in the United States Navy Reserve. During World War II, he served as an intelligence officer in the Pacific. After retiring from the Navy, he worked for the Central Intelligence Agency.
World War II
As a lieutenant commander at the outbreak of World War II, in September 1942 he received the Navy Cross "For distinguished service in the line of his profession as Intelligence Officer of the Sixteenth Naval District in the city of Manila" during which he volunteered for a number of assignments which brought him under enemy fire.
He was sent to Corregidor and later to Australia along with a million pesos of Philippine government funds.
Promoted to commander, he became part of Admiral William F. Halsey's Third Fleet staff and part of its unofficial "Dirty Tricks Department," which also included Rear Admiral Robert Bostwick Carney, Commander Harold Stassen, Captain Ralph E. Wilson, Captain Leonard J. Dow, and Commander Horace D. Moulton.
Captain Cheek returned to his role in the reserves as a commander after the war, but was promoted to captain on July 25, 1949, with relative precedence to his previous promotion to captain, and rear admiral on November 10, 1949.
He is buried at San Francisco National Cemetery.
- "Valor awards for Marion Case Cheek". Military Times Hall of Valor. Retrieved 6 August 2010.
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