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Deyo, Morton Lyndholm (1887-1973)


Photograph of Morton L. Deyo

Naval Historical Center #NH 56952. Cropped by author.

"Mort" Deyo had helped evaluate proposals for aid to China as aide to the Secretaty of the Navy in 1940. He commanded Destroyer Squadron 11 in the Neutrality Patrol in the Atlantic in 1941, a cruiser in the Aleutians, in late 1942, and a bombardment group (Task Force 129) at Normandy in June 1944.

As long, however, as their fire is directed at our ships and away from the troops, we have no complaint. That is what we are there for.

(Deyo 1956) Deyo was named to command Task Force 54, the bombardment group for the Okinawa invasion, after Oldendorf was injured in a launch that collided with a buoy. Deyo's flagship, Tennessee, was hit by a kamikaze during the campaign.

Samuel Eliot Morison (1959) was aboard Tennessee during the preinvasion bombardment at Okinawa, and later claimed that he witnessed Deyo sniff the cordite fumes from the battleship guns and remark "That has a good, offensive smell!" Prior to the Normany invasion, Deyo let off steam by working out with a punching bag in his cabin (Atkinson 2013).

Service record

1887-7-1

Born at Poughkeepsie, New York
1911
Ensign
Graduates from Naval Academy. Assigned to BB V irginia
1912

DD Duncan
1914

BB Washington
1916

DD Jenkins
1917

DD Allen, Queenstown Station
1919-7-21
Lieutenant commander     
Commander, DD Morris
1920

Staff, 1 Naval District
1921

Flag lieutenant, U.S. Fleet
1926

Instructor, Naval Academy
1929

Commander, DD Sloat
1930-6      

Commander, DD Upshur
1932

Naval War College
1934-12
Commander
Executive officer, CL Milwaukee
1936

Staff, Asiatic Fleet
1940-11-1     
Captain Aide, Secretary of the Navy
1941-4

Commander, Destroyer Squadron 11
1942-2

Commander, AP Monticello
1942-7

Commander, CA Indianapolis
1942-12-14     
Rear admiral   
Commander, Destroyers, Atlantic Fleet
1944-1-1

Commander, Cruiser Division 13, Atlantic and west Pacific
1946-4

Commander, 1 Naval District, Boston
1949
Vice admiral
Retires
1973

Dies

References

Atkinson (2013)

Deyo (1956-2-29; accessed 2012-6-29)

Morison (1959)

Naval Historical Center (accessed 2008-1-15)
Pettibone (2006)

Romanus and Sunderland (1952; accessed 2012-6-29)
Tuohy (2007)


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