John Henry Towers - Arlington VA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe
N 38° 53.010 W 077° 04.218
18S E 320427 N 4305885
Quick Description: He was a highly decorated United States Navy four star Admiral and pioneer naval aviator. He made important contributions to the technical and organizational development of naval aviation from its beginnings.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 6/30/2020 7:23:58 PM
Waymark Code: WM12Q6M
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Alfouine
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Long Description:
He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Section 30, Site 676.

In 1961, Towers was posthumously designated the second recipient of the Gray Eagle Award, as the most senior active naval aviator from 1928 until his retirement. He was enshrined in the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 1966, the International Aerospace Hall of Fame in 1973, the Naval Aviation Hall of Honor in 1981 and the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame in 2004
From Wikipedia-World War II operational commands Promoted to vice admiral on 6 October 1942, Towers became Commander, Air Force, Pacific Fleet. From this billet, he supervised the development, organization, training, and supply of the Fleet's growing aviation capability, and helped develop the strategy which spelled the doom of the Japanese fleet and eventual American victory in the Pacific. For his "sound judgment and keen resourcefulness", Towers received, successively, the Legion of Merit and the Distinguished Service Medal. Towers was subsequently promoted to the dual position of Deputy Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Ocean Area (DCINCPOA) and Deputy Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Fleet (DCINCPAC). In this capacity, he served as Admiral Chester Nimitz's chief advisor on naval aviation policy, fleet logistics, and administration matters. In August 1945, Towers was given command of the Second Fast Carrier Task Force and Task Force 38, Pacific Fleet. He held this position in the closing days of the war.

Date of birth: 1/30/1885

Date of death: 4/30/1955

Area of notoriety: Military

Marker Type: Monument

Setting: Outdoor

Visiting Hours/Restrictions: None

Fee required?: No

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