Ingersoll (DD 990) - Naval Cruise Book

 - Class of 1998

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ADMIRAL ROYAL EASON INGERSOLL Admir.il Rovjl E. Ini;ersoll was born in 18S > in Washington, DC, and graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy with the class ot 1905. standing fourth in his class. He sailed with the geopolitical maneuver by President Theodore Roosevelt which established the United States as a Great Power. At the conclusion ot World War I, Admiral (then Commander) Ingersoll was assigned as Communications Officer for the Am erican Delegation to the Paris Peace Conference, led by President Woodrow Wilson. In 1924, Commander Ingersoll took command of USS NOKOMIS, ■1 fleet survey ship. Alter subsequent sea tours on fleet staffs and shore tours at the Naval War College and on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations, Captain Ingersoll served in command of the heavy cruiser USS AUGUSTA in 193 3, and of the heavy cruiser USS SAN FRANCISCO in 1954. In 1936, while serving as Director of War Plans Division in the Officer of the Chief of Naval Operations, Captain Ingersoll was assigned additional duty as technical advisor to the American Delegation to the London Naval Conference. In 19 37. President Franklin D. Roosevelt sent him hack to London to participate in preliminary discussions \i hich established the basis for Anglo-American Naval cooperation during World War II. In 193 8. Admiral Ingersoll was promoted to the rank ot Rear .Admiral and assumed command of Cruiser Division SIX of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. He returned to Washington in 1940 as an assistant Chief of Naval Operations, where he was serving when Japan launched a naval air attack on the U.S. Pacific Fleet Base at Pearl Harbor. Shortly thereafter, on I January 1942, Admiral Ingersoll was promoted to the four-star rank of a Full Admiral, and assumed duties as Commander-in-Chief U.S. Atlantic Fleet, a post he held for almost three years. During that time, he served as the operational commander of the vital, and eventually successful war against German submarine forces operating against Allied shipping in the Atlantic Ocean. In November 1944. with the Naval Battle of the Atlantic winding do«n, and with the uar effort beginning to shift toward the Pacific Campaign, Admiral Ingersoll was assigned as Commander, Western Sea Frontier, with responsibilities for the logistic support of the final island campaigns in the Pacific Theatre, and for the planned invasion of Japan. He was serving in this post at the conclusion of the war. Admiral IngersoU ' s significant decorations include the Navy Cross and the Distinguished Service Medal. He was also an honorary Knight Commander of the British Empire, and a Commander of the Legion of Honor of France. USS INGERSOLL (DD 990) is the second ship to bear the family name. USS INGERSOLL (DD 652) commisioned in 1943, was named for the Admiral ' s father, RADM Royal R. Ingersoll, and for his son. Lieutenant Rol R. Ingersoll, who vs killed at the Battle of Mid\a\- in 1942. .Admiral Ingersoll died on 20 May 1976.

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