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Tisdale, Mahlon Street (1890-1972)


Photograph of Mahlon S. Tisdale

Naval Historical Center

Tisdale was the Commandant of Midshipmen at the Naval Academy when war broke out. He relieved Kinkaid as the screen commander of Task Force 16 (Enterprise) when Kinkaid was given command of the task force for the Guadalcanal campaign. Tisdale was present at the Battle of Tassafaronga, and took over tactical command after Carleton Wright's flagship, Minneapolis, was cripped by Japanese torpedoes. Thereafter he held high administrative positions.

Tisdale was an early advocate of the concept of the CIC, which he originally envisioned as a control center for a destroyer. The concept was quickly picked up by Nimitz and King and extended to the entire U.S. Fleet.

Tuohy (2007) describes Tisdale as a "competent, no-nonsense flag officer".

Service record

1890-12-6     

Born at Wenona, Illinois
1912-6-7
Ensign     
Graduates from Naval Academy. Assigned to BB North Dakota.
1913-9

CA Salem
1916

AC Neptune
1916-4

Pennsylvania
1917-4

Flag secretary, Patrol Force, Atlantic Fleet
1917-11

Staff, Patrol Squadrons, Europe
1919-1

Hart
1920-3

Ludlow
1921-1

Staff, Battleship Division 6
1921-6

Secretary, Academic Board
1925-5

Aroostook
1926-10-23
Lieutenant     
Commander, Farenholt
1928-6

Officer in charge, Navy Recruiting Station, Los Angeles
1930-6

Lexington
1932-6

Aide, Assistant Secretaty of the Navy
1933-5

Executive department, Naval Academy
1935-7

Commander, Destroyer Division 16
1937-4

Executive officer, Regal
1940-11-1     
Captain
Commander, CA Chester
1941-4

Commandant of Midshipmen, Naval Academy
1942-10
Rear admiral     
Commander, Cruiser Division 4
1943-1-8

Commander, Destroyers, Pacific Fleet
1943-4-1

Commander, Cruisers-Destroyers, Pacific Fleet
1944-1

Commandant, Mare Island
1945-9

Commandant, Naval Base San Francisco
1947-2

Commander, Mare Island Sub Area, Naval Base, San Francisco
1947-11-1

Retires
1972-7-12
Vice admiral     
Dies

References

Lundstrom (2006)

Morison (1949)

Naval Historical Center (accessed 2008-1-28)
Pettibone (2006)
Tuohy (2007)

Wolters (2013)



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