Donald B. Duncan
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- This is about the American naval officer. For others, see Donald Duncan (disambiguation).
|Donald B. Duncan|
|Born||September 1, 1896|
|Died||September 8, 1975
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1917-1956|
|Commands held||2nd Task Fleet
USS Long Island
|Battles/wars||World War II|
|Awards||Legion of Merit|
As the air operations officer to Admiral Ernest J. King, Duncan assisted with the planning for the Doolittle Raid, and was the one who proposed the use of both the B-25 Mitchell bombers and the Hornet (CV-8) for the raid. He was then appointed to be the first commanding officer of the carrier Essex (CV-9).
Duncan held several important staff and operational positions following the war. He served as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Air) from March 6, 1947 to January 20, 1948. He commanded the 2nd Task Fleet after 1948, and was the Vice Chief of Naval Operations from 1951 to 1956.
Following his retirement from the navy on March 1, 1957, he served as Governor of the Naval Home until May 1962. He died on September 8, 1975.
An oral history recorded in 1964 is in the Butler Library at Columbia University.
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