Harold Medberry Bemis

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Harold Medberry Bemis
Born (1884-07-15)July 15, 1884
Died February 16, 1970(1970-02-16) (aged 85)
Buried at Arlington National Cemetery
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Rear Admiral
Spouse(s) Hazel Haynes

Harold Medberry Bemis was a Rear Admiral in the United States Navy.

Early life[edit]

Bemis was born July 15, 1884 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.[1]

Personal life[edit]

He married Hazel Haynes on November 20, 1926.[2]

Military career[edit]

Bemis graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1906. He served on the USS Maine.[3]

He would serve in World War I as the Commander of Submarine Division Five.[4]

He graduated from the Naval War College in 1934. From 1938 to 1939, he served as a Naval Attache.[5]

Later, he also served in World War II. His retirement was effective as of August 1, 1946.

Civilian career[edit]

From 1947-1953, he served as President-Chairman of the Board, Compania Anonima Venezolana Lummus in Caracas, Venezuela.[1]


He received the Navy Distinguished Service Medal,[4] the World War I Victory Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the American Defense Service Medal, and the American Campaign Medal. He received the Order of Abdon Calderón medal from Ecuador.[1]

Death and legacy[edit]

Bemis died on February 16, 1970 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.[1]

Bemis' papers are held by United States Naval History & Heritage Command.[6]


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