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Davis, Arthur C. (1893-?)

Photograph of Rear Admiral Arthur C. Davis

Naval Historical Center

Arthur Davis was an aviator who served as Nimitz' air officer in the early months of the Pacific War. He was named to take command of Yorktown at the time of the Midway operation, but the ship was lost before he could assume command.  He was reluctantly chosen by Spruance as his new chief of staff after King ordered that all commanders with a surface background must have a chief of staff with an aviation background (and vice versa.) Davis had commanded Enterprise during the Eastern Solomons battle and proved a capable and congenial chief of staff to Spruance in spite of the "shotgun marriage" aspects of the assignment. Buell describes him as a "lean, rough, aggressive" and unnuanced leader who "moved decisively and intelligently", while Tillman (2012) describes him as capable but distant.

Service record

1893     

Born
1934
Lieutenant commander     
Commander, Ranger Air Group
1939
Commander
Commander, Aircraft, Asiatic Fleet
1942
Captain Staff, Pacific Fleet
1942-6-30     

Commander, Enterprise
1943
Rear admiral
Staff, U.S. Fleet
1944-8    

Chief of staff, 5 Fleet


References

Buell (1987)

Lundstrom (2006)

Naval Historical Center (accessed 2008-1-15)

Pettibone (2006)

Tillman (2005, 2012)



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