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Newton, John Henry (1881-1948)


Photograph of Admiral John H. Newton

Naval History and Heritage Command #NH 90928

Cropped by author

John H. Newton was Commander, Cruisers, Scouting Force at the outbreak of war. At the moment of the attack on Pearl Harbor, he was in tactical command of the Lexington task force, which was on the way to deliver aircraft to Midway. After war broke out, the Lexington force was given to the more senior Brown, and Newton commanded its screen. Relieved before the end of the year, he was given command of the South Pacific Area in June 1944, when it had lost almost all strategic relevance.

Newton was considered a capable administrator and served in high administrative postings during most of the war.

Service record

1881

Born
1905
Midshipman
Graduates from Naval Academy
1941-2-1     
Rear admiral     
Commander,  Cruisers, Scouting Force
1941-12-31    

Commander, Scouting Force, Pacific Fleet
1942-4-3     

Deputy commander, Pacific Ocean Areas
1944-2-28     

Deputy commander, South Pacific Area
1944-6-16     

Commander, South Pacific Area
1948

Dies


References

Lundstrom (2006)

Parrish (1978)
Pettibone (2006)
Tuohy (2007)



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