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McCrea, John Livingstone (1891-1990)

John McCrea was a naval lawyer who served as naval aide to President Roosevelt in 1942-1943 and was responsible for starting up the White House Map Room. He was also the first commander of Iowa. Promoted to rear admiral, he commanded strikes against the Kuriles in the final months of the war, where he came to know and admire Fletcher, who he insisted was "a good officer". Fletcher reward McCrea's loyalty with trust, instructing him to "go out and shoot up the Kuriles. Makes your own plans. Just keep me informed as to what you propose to do, and if I don't like what you're doing, I'll tell you so" (Lundstrom 2006).

Service record

1891-5-29

Born at Marlette, Michigan
1915
Ensign
Graduates from Naval Academy, Assigned to BB New York
1919

BB New Mexico
1921

DD Burns, Babbitt, Zeilin
1922

Executive officer, AO Ramapo
1923

Naval War College
1924

Commander, AM Bittern
1926

Office of the Judge Advocate General
1929

Completes bachelor of law degree at George Washingtion University
1929

Flag secretary, Special Service Squadron, Central America
1932

Aide, Judge Advocate General
1934

Completes master of law degree, George Washington University
1934

CA Astoria
1936
Commander
Executive officer, Naval Station Guam
1938

Executive officer, BB Pennsylvania
1940-9

Aide, Chief of Naval Operations
1942
Captain Naval aide, President Roosevelt
1943-2-22     

Commander, BB Iowa
1944-8-6     
Rear admiral     
Commander,  Cruiser Division 3
1946

Deputy Chief of Naval Operations
1948

Deputy commander, Pacific Fleet
1949

Director, Personnel Policy Board
1952-2

Commander, 1 Naval District, Boston
1953

Retires
1990-1-30     

Dies at Needham, Massachusetts

References

Library of Congress (accessed 2010-5-21)

Lundstrom (2006)

Naval Historical Center (accessed 2009-7-11)
Pettibone (2006)
Tuohy (2007)


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