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Reeves, John Walter

"Black Jack" Reeves was among the older officers who took flight training as a career enhancing move, graduating from flight school at the age of 48. He commanded Wasp when war broke out in the Pacific. He later commanded Task Group 58.1 in the Marshalls and TG 58.3 in the Marianas campaign. He was a cool disciplinarian and effective leader, calm but tough and aggressive.

Service record

1889-12-22     
  born in New Jersey
1911
Ensign
Graduates from Naval Academy
1916

DD Sampson
1918
Lieutenant
DD Maury
1919

Flag secretary, Naval Forces, Eastern Mediterranean
1923

CL Concord
1926
Lieutenant commander     
Commander, DD Worden
1927

Materiel division, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
1928

Commander, DD Parrott
1931

Navy Department
1936

Flight training
1936
Commander
Executive officer, CVL Langley
1937

Commander, Fleet Air Base Pearl Harbor
1940-4-25
Captain     
Commander, CV Wasp
1942-5
Rear admiral    
Commander, Alaska Sector, Aleutians
1943-7-16

Commander, Carrier Division 2
1944-9

Commander, Western Carolines Sub Area
1945-1

Head, Naval Air Transportation Service
1948

Chief, Naval Air Training
1950-5-1

Retires


References

Morison (1953)
Naval Historical Center (accessed 2009-2-13)
Pettibone (2006)
Tuohy (2007)


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