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Admiral Ramsey

Admiral DeWitt Clinton Ramsey

Namesake of the USS Ramsey DEG-2/FFG-2


DeWitt Clinton Ramsey was born on 2 October 1888 at Whipple Barracks, Ariz. Graduated from the Naval Academy, he was commissioned Ensign in June 1912. In 1917 he qualified as a naval aviator. During World War I, he was Inspection Officer for United States Naval Air Stations in France, and a member of the Inter-Allied Armistice Commission.

During the interwar period, Ramsey served as a naval aviator on various naval staffs and ships. Reporting on board Saratoga (CV-3) in 1938, he was her executive officer into 1939. Later that year, he headed the Plans Division of the Bureau of Aeronautics in the Navy Department. In 1941 he became Assistant Chief of the Bureau of Aeronautics.

During World War II, he commanded Saratoga (CV-3) in the Battle of the Coral Sea on 7 and 8 May 1942, in the Battle of Midway 4 to 6 June, and during the landings against Guadalcanal, Solomons, in August. For his skillful use of airpower against Japanese naval forces in the Solomons, he won the Navy Cross. In Saratoga, he next commanded a task force that included a British carrier, Victorious.

Ramsey received the Distinguished Service Medal as Chief of the Bureau of Aeronautics from 6 August 1943 to 1 June 1945, and a Gold Star as Vice Chief of Naval Operations from 15 January 1946 to 3 January 1948. After commanding the Pacific Fleet, he served as Commissioner of U.S. Trust Territory in the Pacific, until retiring 1 May 1949. Admiral Ramsey died 7 September 1961 in Philadelphia.


Admiral Ramsey photo scanned from USS Ramsey commissioning pamphlet
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