John Greenslade

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John Wills Greenslade
Greenslade with Roosevelt and Japanses Midget Sub.jpg
Born (1880-01-11)January 11, 1880
Bellevue, Ohio
Died January 6, 1950(1950-01-06) (aged 69)
Buried United States Naval Academy Cemetery
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy seal United States Navy
Years of service 1899–1950
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Vice Admiral
Battles/wars Spanish–American War
World War I
World War II
Cold War
Awards Distinguished Service Medal (Navy)
Legion of Merit

John Wills Greenslade (Bellevue, Ohio, January 11, 1880 – January 6, 1950) was a Vice Admiral in the United States Navy. Admiral Greenslade enjoyed a significant military career during World War II. From 1941-1944 Greenslade was Commandant, Twelfth Naval District, with additional duty as Commandant, Pacific Southern Naval Coastal Frontier. On January 8, 1942, while he was serving at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Greenslade urged that American-born and alien Japanese be excluded from areas of strategic importance. On April 17, 1942, the Navy seized Treasure Island, San Francisco, California from the City of San Francisco under the direction of Vice Admiral Greenslade, and paid no compensation for the confiscated island. Admiral Greenslade claimed Treasure Island was required for "national security" and appropriated the island for the Navy.

An Annapolis graduate with the class of 1898, Vice Admiral John W. Greenslade, USN (Ret.) was a veteran of the Spanish- American War, the Philippine Insurrection, the Cuban Pacification Campaign, and both World Wars. In World War I, then Captain Greenslade received the Navy Distinguished Service Medal[1] for his work during mine laying operations in the North Sea. He held a couple different commands throughout World War II, first as Commandant, Twelfth Naval District, and later as the Commander, Western Sea Frontier. Vice Admiral Greenslade was very instrumental to the development and wartime growth of Naval Station Treasure Island.

After he had retired Admiral Greenslade was also awarded the Legion of Merit.[2]

Place of Burial[edit]

United States Naval Academy Cemetery [3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "MilitaryTimes Hall of Valor".
  2. ^ "MilitaryTimes Legion of Valor".
  3. ^ "VADM Greenslade's grave" (PDF).
  • US Navy Photo of Vice Adm. Greenslade as Commander, Battleships, Battle Force [1]