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Ramsey, Dewitt Clinton (1888-1961)


Photograph of Admiral Dewitt C. Ramsey

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"Duke" Ramsey was a naval aviation pioneer, being the 45th naval officer to complete flight training. He was one of seven aviators recommended by John Towers, the Navy's senior aviator, for early promotion to flag rank. He  commanded the Saratoga following her repair in June 1942, when he just missed participating in the Battle of Midway, and during the Guadalcanal campaign. He subsequently served as the chief of the Bureau of Aeronautics and, postwar, as the Vice Chief of Naval Operations.

Ramsey was considered both an excellent pilot and a first-rate administrator. Lundstrom (2006) characterizes him as "Sharp-witted, level headed, and personable". As commander of Saratoga, he ran a taut ship and got along well with Fletcher.

Service record

1888-10-2

Born in Arizona
1912
Ensign
Graduates from Naval Academy
1917

Completes flight training
1918

Inspection officer, Naval Air Station France
1918

Allied Armistice Commission
1937
Commander
Fleet aviation officer, U.S. Fleet
1938

Executive officer, CV Saratoga
1939-10
Captain Director, Plans Division, Bureau of Aeronautics
1941-7

Assistant chief, Bureau of Aeronautics
1942-5

Commander, CV Saratoga
1942-11     
Rear admiral     
Commander, Carrier Division 1
1943-8-7     

Chief, Bureau of Aeronautics
1945-6-1

Chief of staff, 5 Fleet
1945-11
Vice admiral Deputy commander, Pacific Ocean Areas
1946-1

Vice Chief of Naval Operations
1948-12-1
Admiral Commander, Pacific Fleet
1948-4-17     

High Commissioner, Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands
1949-5-1

Retires
1961-9-7     

Dies in Pennsylvania

References

FindAGrave.com (accessed 2010-5-1)

Lundstrom (2006)

Morison (1949)

Naval Historical Center (accessed 2008-2-29)
Pettibone (2006)
Tuohy (2007)


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