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Riggs, Ralph S. (1895-1981)


Photograph of Ralph Riggs

Naval Historical Center #NH 69409.
Cropped by author.

Ralph Riggs commanded South Dakota during much of the Solomons campaign. He was then shifted north to the Aleutians and commanded the American screen during the Battle of the Komandorski Islands, where his bold destroyer attack helped convince the superior Japanese force to break off the action. Promoted to rear admiral, he commanded fire support groups in the Southwest Pacific in the final months of the war.

Service record

1895

Born in Texas
1918

Graduates from Naval Academy, Assigned to CL Minneapolis
1918

DD Manley
1918

Commander, Eagle Boats
1919

BB Utah
1923

Staff, Light Cruisers, Scouting Fleet
1932
Lieutenant
Flag lieutenant, Battleship Division 1
1933

Commander, DD Zane
1935

Bureau of Navigation
1937

BB West Virginia
1939

Commander, AF Arctic
1940

Aide, Assistant Secretary of the Navy
1941

Commander, Destroyer Division 2
1942-8-18

Commander, Destroyer Squadron 14
1943-7

Chief of staff, Destroyers, Pacific Fleet
1944-3

Commander, BB South Dakota
1944-11     
Rear admiral     
Commander, Cruiser Division 12
1946

Commander, Cruiser Division 14
1948

General Board
1950

Assistant Chief of Naval Operations
1952

Retires
1981-5-28

Dies


References

DANFS
Morison (1959)
Naval Historical Center (accessed 2009-7-16)
New York Times (1981-5-2; accessed 2011-2-25)
Pettibone (2006)

Tuohy (2007)


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