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vital stats on the five Asiatic Fleet DD officers

April 21 2009 at 6:39 PM
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Response to Cmdr. Thomas Howell Binford,



Thanks for the information on Vice Admiral Binford. By the by, some of these flag ranks were obtained during the officer's active career; others were due to a "bump up" one rank at retirement. I don't know which was which in every case. Here are the vital statistics, complete or partial, for the five officers about whom I originally inquired. There are a few contradictions, so they will require some additional research.

Commanding Destroyer Squadron 29, Captain (later Vice Admiral) Herbert Victor Wiley: b. May 16, 1891; d. April 28, 1954. I wrote d. May 1954 in another thread, but I believe his d.o.d. of April 28, 1954, is the correct datum. Navy Cross, but NOT for action in the NEI.

Commanding Destroyer Division 57, Commander (later Captain) Edwin M. Crouch: graduated USNA, Class of 1921, so born in either 1899 or 1900; died on or about July 30, 1945, after the torpedoing and sinking of USS INDIANAPOLIS, on which he was a passenger.

Commanding Destroyer Division 58, Commander (later Vice Admiral) Thomas Howell Binford: b. August 25, 1896; d. August 1973 (I THINK after his birthday). Navy Cross for action at Badoeng Strait.

Commanding Destroyer Division 59 until late January 1942, Commander (later Vice Admiral) Paul Hopkins Talbot: b. April 3, 1897; d. September 8, 1974. Navy Cross for action at Balikpapan.

Commanding Destroyer Division 59 as of late January 1942, Lieutenant Commander (later Vice Admiral) Edward Nelson Parker: b. July 26, 1904 (his medal citations specify d.o.b. of July 7, 1904); d. October 15, 1989. Three Navy Crosses, for actions at Balikpapan, Badoeng Strait, and Solomons Islands, all in 1942.


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