Charles R. Larson
|Charles R. Larson|
Admiral Charles Larson as superintendent of the US Naval Academy
November 20, 1936|
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
|Died||July 26, 2014
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1958–1998|
|Unit||USS Sculpin (SSN-590) (XO)
USS Halibut (SSN-587) (CO)
Commander, Submarine Development Group One
|Commands held||Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy
U.S. Pacific Command
|Awards||Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Navy Distinguished Service Medal (7)
Legion of Merit (3)
Presidential Service Badge
|Other work||Board of Directors, Northrop Grumman
A 1958 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Larson twice served as Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He also served as Commander in Chief, United States Pacific Command (CINCPAC). His classmates at the Academy included future U.S. Senator John McCain and Vice Admiral John Poindexter.
After graduation from the Naval Academy in 1958, Larson reported to NAS Pensacola, Florida, to enter flight training. Upon his completion, as a Naval Aviator, he reported to Attack Squadron 176 (VA-176) aboard the aircraft carrier USS Shangri-La (CVA-38), where he served until April 1963 in flying the A-1H Skyraider.
Opting to leave Naval Aviation and to transfer to the Submarine Service, he commenced nuclear power training in 1963 and then reported to the USS Nathan Hale (SSBN-623), where he qualified in submarines. His next tours of duty were on USS Nathanael Greene (SSBN-636) and USS Bergall (SSN-667).
He was the first naval officer selected as a White House Fellow and served his fellowship in 1968 as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Interior. From 1969 to 1971, he served as Naval Aide to the President of the United States. He reported back to sea duty as executive officer of the nuclear attack submarine USS Sculpin (SSN-590). Then from 1973 to 1976, he served as commanding officer of the nuclear attack submarine USS Halibut (SSN-587). In 1976, Larson assumed duties as Commander, Submarine Development Group ONE in San Diego, California, in which he headed the Navy's worldwide deep submergence program.
He was promoted to four-star rank in February 1990 upon being assigned as Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet, the Navy component commander in the Pacific Theater. After one year in the position, he was nominated by the President, and assumed duties, as Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Command.
Awards and decorations
Larson's major military decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Navy Distinguished Service Medal (7 awards), Legion of Merit (3 awards), the Bronze Star, Navy Commendation Medal and Navy Achievement Medal. He has also been decorated by the governments of Japan, Thailand, France and Korea.
- Defense Distinguished Service Medal
- Navy Distinguished Service Medal with one Silver Star and one Gold Star
- Legion of Merit with two Gold Stars
- Bronze Star
- Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal
- Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
- Presidential Service Badge
Larson was a founder, director and chairman of the board of ViaGlobal Group. As of 2002[update], he also served on the Northrop Grumman Corporation's Board of Directors and the Board of Esterline Corporation. He also served on three corporate boards in the fields of electrical power generation and distribution, oil exploration and production and international service and construction.
In 2002, after switching parties to become a Democrat, Larson ran unsuccessfully for Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, on the ticket with Democrat Kathleen Kennedy Townsend. He and his wife, Sally, resided in Annapolis until his death.
His public service boards include the National Academy of Sciences Committee on International Security and Arms Control, The White House Fellows Foundation, The Board of Regents of the University System of Maryland, The Board of Trustees of the Anne Arundel Health System, Board of Directors of The Atlantic Council and as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the US Naval Academy Foundation.
Larson's civilian awards include:
- Paul Harris Fellow (Rotary International’s highest award for public service).
- VFW National Armed Forces Award (1998)
- Navy League’s Annual Leadership Award (1998)
- “All American Citizen” by the city of Omaha, Nebraska
- Omaha North High School Vikings of Distinction
- The United States Naval Academy Alumni Association’s Distinguished Graduate Award
- 2000 Admiral Larson Archived 2013-09-27 at the Wayback Machine.
- "Distinguished Eagle Scouts" (PDF). Scouting.org. Retrieved 2010-11-04.
- Rodricks, Dan (26 July 2014). "Adm. Charles R. Larson, former Naval Academy superintendent, dies". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
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