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Greenslade was commander of 12 Naval District,
based in San
Francisco, at the start of the
Pacific War. This was no small responsibility as San
Francisco was the most
important port on the West Coast.
Greenslade had participated in the Haiti
Expedition of 1914 and served in the First
World War as captain of
the Housatonic, a minelayer
North Sea Barrage. He also was lead author of Landing Force Manual,
the Navy in 1918. In 1940, Greenslade, now a rear admiral and acknowledged expert on naval bases,
authored the Greenslade Program for expanding facilities in Puerto
Rico, Cuba, and Panama and
participated in the
survey of the Bermudas for suitable locations for naval bases under the
of the destroyers-for-bases
deal with Britain. He helped negotiate a compromise with the Vichy commander, Admiral Robert, over the status of Martinique.
Greenslade stirred up controversy in 1942 by seizing Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay for Navy use. The city felt that the Navy had not offered a fair price for the improvements to the island and sued for a better settlement.
||Commander, AM Housatonic
||Assistant, General Board
||Board of Experts, Atlantic Bases ("Greenslade Board")
||Commandant, 12 Naval District|
||Coordinator of Naval Logistics, Pacific Coast
Conn, Engelman, and Fairchild (1961; accessed 2012-10-6)
Hough, Ludwig, and Shaw (accessed 2012-10-6)
Naval Historical Center (accessed 2008-3-1)
"Treasure Island Accord" (accessed 2007-7-3)
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