Joseph D. Stewart

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Joseph D. Stewart
Stewart JD USMC.jpg
then Major General Stewart, USMC
Born (1942-07-09) July 9, 1942 (age 74)
Baltimore, Maryland
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
United States Maritime Service
Years of service 1964-1998 (USMC)
1998-2008 (USMS)
Rank Major General (USMC)
Vice Admiral (USMS)
Commands held Deputy Chief of Staff for Installations and Logistics
United States Merchant Marine Academy (1998-2008)
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Awards Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit

Joseph D. Stewart, also known affectionately by the midshipmen of the United States Merchant Marine Academy as "Joey D," (born July 9, 1942) is a retired United States Marine Corps major general, who after his retirement from the Marine Corps, was appointed as Superintendent of the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) on August 1, 1998. He retired from the U.S. Maritime Service with the rank of vice admiral on September 30, 2008.


Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Stewart graduated from the Severn School in 1960 and the United States Naval Academy in 1964. Vice Admiral Stewart earned a master's degree in Operational Research from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, and a master's degree in Management from Salve Regina College and the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island.

Stewart played lacrosse while at the Naval Academy, playing on three straight national championship teams.

Marine Corps career[edit]

Upon his graduation from the Naval Academy, Stewart entered the Marine Corps as a second lieutenant. During his thirty-four-year Marine Corps career, he served in a variety of command and staff positions. He commanded a tank company, a supply battalion, and a defense distribution depot. He has also served as an instructor and athletic coach at the Naval Academy. As a major general, he served as Commander, Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany in Georgia. Stewart served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Installations and Logistics at the U.S. Marine Corps Headquarters in Washington, D.C..

He retired from the Marine Corps at the rank of major general in 1998 and soon after assumed the duties as the Academy Superintendent.

Superintendent of the US Merchant Marine Academy[edit]

VADM Stewart, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

The ninth person to hold this post since the institution’s dedication in 1943, Vice Admiral Stewart headed a federal academy with a student body of some 920 midshipmen and a waterfront campus covering more than 80 acres (320,000 m2). The Academy, operated by the United States Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration, is located at Kings Point, New York. It is one of the nation’s prime sources of licensed merchant marine officers and is renowned for its maritime education and training programs. Vice Admiral Stewart retired from the United States Merchant Marine Academy on September 30, 2008.

Military awards[edit]

Vice Admiral Stewart's personal decorations include:

Gold star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal Guardian Medal Legion of Merit Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal w/ 1 award star
Combat Action Ribbon Navy Presidential Unit Citation Navy Unit Commendation Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 service star Vietnam Service Medal w/ 3 service stars Southwest Asia Service Medal Humanitarian Service Medal
Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon Vietnam Gallantry Cross unit citation Vietnam Civil Actions unit citation Vietnam Campaign Medal

Dates of rank[edit]

Marine Corps[edit]

Maritime Service[edit]

See also[edit]


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Marine Corps.

Preceded by
Rear Admiral Thomas T. Matteson
Superintendent, US Merchant Marine Academy
Succeeded by
Rear Admiral Allen B. Worley