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  • Lieutenant Frederic William Hinrichs (1913 - 1943)
    Lieutenant Frederic William Hinrichs He was a Navy pilot, who was killed in an airplane crash during World War II. He was one of seven men who died in the crash of a U.S. Navy transport plane nea...
  • Bud McCrary (1927 - 2020)
    Homer T. “Bud” McCrary, co-founder of Big Creek, was an innovator whose creativity, passion, and commitment left an indelible mark on sustainable forestry and community development. Bud was widely reco...
  • George ''Orin'' Grant (1898 - 1970)
  • Allen Dana Kahle, Sr. (1925 - 2002)
    KAHLE, A. Dana, Sr., 76, of Woodland Drive, Wheeling, died Thursday April 11, 2002, in Peterson Rehabilitation Hospital and Geriatric Center, Wheeling. Dana was born Nov. 12, 1925 in Wheeling, the son ...
  • Joseph "Elbert" Shepherd (1926 - 2021)
    Joseph E. Shepherd, age 94, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, surrounded by his loving family, at his home in Sterling, Va. Joe was born on October 15, 1926 in West Virginia to Joseph ...

This project is intended for all Naval personnel. Please feel free to include any that served the United States in this capacity from 1786 to Present. A separate project has been set up for those that served in the Continental Navy 1775 - 1785.

The United States Navy (USN) is the naval warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the eight uniformed services of the United States. It is larger than the next 13 largest navies combined in terms of battle fleet tonnage, according to one estimate.

The navy traces its origins to the Continental Navy, which was established during the American Revolutionary War (1775) and was essentially disbanded as a separate entity shortly thereafter. It played a major role in the American Civil War by blockading the Confederacy and seizing control of its rivers. It played the central role in the World War II defeat of Japan.



  • Alan Alda — Gunnery Officer U.S Army Reserve and Television Actor, Dr. "Hawkeye" Pierce on TV Series MASH
  • Andrew Baldwin — doctor and the bachelor for Season 10 of The Bachelor
  • Commodore John Barry — "Father of the American Navy"
  • W. W. Behrens, Jr. — earth-sciences futurist
  • Jeremy Michael Boorda — Admiral, former Chief of Naval Operations
  • Bill Branon — Captain and Naval medical officer, novelist
  • Arleigh Burke — destroyer captain
  • Richard Evelyn Byrd — polar explorer
  • James F. Cahill — one of the first scuba divers and first Navy SEALs
  • Vern Clark — former Chief of Naval Operations
  • Donnie Cochran — first African-American aviator assigned to the U.S. Navy Flight *Demonstration Squadron (Blue Angels)
  • Thomas Preston Davis - notable surgeon
  • Stephen Decatur — Hero of Tripoli
  • Terry Deitz — Naval Aviator; TV Presenter and former Survivor contestant
  • Robert Dennison — retired Admiral, presidential aide
  • P. T. Deutermann; author, former United States Navy captain
  • George Dewey — Hero of the Battle of Manila Bay in Spanish-American War; first and only Admiral of the Navy
  • Hunter Ellis — Naval Aviator; TV Presenter and former Survivor contestant
  • David Farragut — American Civil War Admiral, first officer to become an Admiral
  • Lillian E. Fishburne — first African-American female to hold the rank of Rear Admiral
  • Wilson Flagg — retired Admiral, killed in Sept 11 attack
  • Edmund Giambastiani — 7th Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Dr. Carl Frank Gugino, DDS, FACD, FICD - Lt. Commander; major contributor to the field of orthodontics
  • William Halsey, Jr. — Third Fleet Commander, won battles off Guadalcanal and the *Solomons; Fleet Admiral (5 stars)
  • Owen P. Honors, Jr. Captain, former CO of the USS Enterprise (CVN-65).
  • Esek Hopkins — first Commander in Chief of the Navy during the Revolutionary War
  • Grace Hopper — futurist, early computing pioneer, Rear Admiral in the Navy Reserve
  • Isaac Hull — captain of USS Constitution
  • John Paul Jones — commander during the American Revolutionary War, considered to be the founder of the American Naval tradition
  • Charles Keating — Naval Aviator; real estate developer and banker.
  • Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. — Naval Aviator; elder brother of future President John F. *Kennedy, killed in World War II.
  • Ernest King — Fleet Admiral; former Chief of Naval Operations
  • Nile Kinnick — Naval Aviator; Heisman Trophy winner
  • William D. Leahy — first Fleet Admiral; first head of the Chiefs of Staff (before the post was renamed Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff); former Chief of Naval Operations; former Governor of Puerto Rico; former U.S. ambassador to France
  • Thomas McClelland — Captain; served as Commander, Amphibious Squadron FIVE, conducting advance force operations with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit against the Iraqi Army during Desert Storm
  • Alfred Thayer Mahan — military strategist
  • J. W. Marriott, Jr. — Chairman and CEO of Marriott International
  • Richard Marcinko — author, founder and commander of SEAL Team Six
  • Homer A. McCrerey — earth sciences futurist, Fleet Meteorologist and oceanographer
  • Michael Mullen — 28th Chief of Naval Operations; Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Chester Nimitz — Fleet Admiral; former Chief of Naval Operations; signed for the U.S. when Japan formally surrendered on board the USS Missouri, class of carriers named after him
  • Rear Admiral William S. "Deak" Parsons, USN, Assistant Chief of the Bureau of Ordnance, known for assembling (in flight) the triggering mechanism of the atomic bomb "Little Boy" aboard the Enola Gay.
  • Matthew Perry — Commodore who forced the opening of Japan
  • Oliver Hazard Perry — Commanded the Battle of Lake Erie
  • John Poindexter — served as National Security Advisor
  • Eli Thomas Reich — Vice Admiral, only submariner to sink a Japanese battleship unaided during WW2
  • Hyman G. Rickover — Admiral, "Father of the Nuclear Navy"
  • David Robinson — former NBA star (San Antonio Spurs), commonly nicknamed "The Admiral"
  • George Lincoln Rockwell — U.S. Navy Commander and founder of the American Nazi Party
  • Theodore Roosevelt IV — Special Warfare, great grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt and a prominent conservationist and environmentalist
  • Donald Rumsfeld — Naval Aviator; served two times as Secretary of Defense
  • Rodger W. Simpson — distinguished himself during World War II, recipient of 2 Navy Crosses
  • Paul Spangler — Naval surgeon, senior long distance runner
  • Raymond A. Spruance — Commander at the Battle of Midway, led the Fifth Fleet in the Central Pacific and Okinawa. Rebuilt the Naval War College after World War II
  • Roger Staubach — football hall of Famer, Vietnam veteran
  • Jackson T. Stephens — investment banker
  • James Stockdale — one of the most highly decorated officers in the history of the Navy
  • Patrick M. Walsh — Admiral, Vice Chief of Naval Operations
  • Robert F. Willard — Admiral, former Vice Chief of Naval Operations
  • John Wooden — famous college basketball coach
  • Bruce Bromley — Associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, prominent trial lawyer at Cravath, Swaine & Moore
  • George H. W. Bush — former U.S. President; former director of the Central Intelligence Agency
  • Jimmy Carter — former U.S. President; Cold War submariner and Peace Prize laureate
  • Cesar Chavez — civil rights activist who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers
  • Duke Cunningham — United States Naval Aviator; A former member of the US House of Representatives
  • Glenn Robert Davis — former member of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Gerald Ford — former U.S. President; served aboard carrier during World War II
  • George Howard, Jr. — first African-American federal judge in Arkansas history; served in World War II.
  • Lyndon B. Johnson — former U.S. President; worked as a bomb observer with the Army during World War II
  • Robert Kerrey — former U.S. Senator; Navy SEAL commander during Vietnam War and first SEAL officer to win the Medal of Honor for classified raid in which he lost his lower leg by a Viet Cong grenade.
  • John F. Kennedy — former U.S. President; decorated PT Boat commander in World War II
  • John Kerry — U.S. Secretary of State and 2004 Democratic presidential candidate; swift boat commander during the Vietnam War
  • John McCain — senior U.S. Senator from Arizona and Republican presidential candidate in 2008; former naval aviator and POW
  • Harvey Milk — First openly gay San Francisco supervisor. Assassinated November 27, 1978. Subject of the Academy Award winning documentary "The Times of Harvey Milk ", as well as the bestselling book "The Mayor of Castro Street"
  • Richard M. Nixon — former U.S. President; supply officer in World War II
  • Larry Seaquist — current democratic member in the Washington House of Representatives; Former Captain of the Battleship USS Iowa BB-61.
  • Jesse Ventura — Former Navy UDT, professional wrestler and 38th Governor of Minnesota


  • Neil Armstrong — naval aviator (Korean War), X-15 pilot, astronaut Gemini 8 and Apollo 11, first man on the moon
  • Alan Bean — astronaut (Apollo 12 and Skylab 3)
  • Malcolm Carpenter — naval aviator, astronaut, Mercury 7
  • Christopher Cassidy — Navy SEAL
  • Eugene Cernan — naval aviator, astronaut (Gemini 9)
  • Laurel Clark — astronaut
  • Pete Conrad — naval aviator, astronaut (Gemini 5 and 11, Apollo 12 and Skylab 2)
  • Robert Crippen — naval aviator, astronaut (STS-1, STS-7, STS-41C and STS-41G)
  • Ronald Evans — naval aviator, astronaut (Apollo 17)
  • Owen Garriott — astronaut (Skylab 3)
  • Richard Gordon, Jr. — naval aviator, astronaut (Gemini 11 and Apollo 12)
  • Fred Haise, Jr. — naval aviator, astronaut (Apollo 13)
  • Joseph Kerwin — astronaut (Skylab 2)
  • Susan Kilrain — astronaut
  • Wendy Lawrence — astronaut
  • Jim Lovell — naval aviator, astronaut (Gemini 7 and 12, Apollo 8 and 13)
  • Thomas Mattingly, Jr. — naval aviator, astronaut (Apollo 16)
  • William C. McCool — naval aviator, astronaut, pilot of Columbia mission STS-107
  • Edgar Mitchell — naval aviator, astronaut (Apollo 14)
  • Lisa Nowak — astronaut
  • Alan G. Poindexter — Aviation — Son of John Poindexter and a NASA astronaut.
  • Walter Schirra, Jr. — naval aviator, astronaut (Mercury 8, Gemini 6A and Apollo 7)
  • Alan Shepard — naval aviator and flag officer (Rear Admiral), first American in space (Mercury-Redstone 3) and Apollo 14 commander
  • William Shepherd — Navy SEAL, astronaut (STS-27, STS-41, STS-52)
  • Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper — astronaut
  • Richard Truly — naval aviator and flag officer (Vice Admiral), Manned Orbiting Laboratory and Space Shuttle astronaut, serving as pilot for both Space Shuttle Enterprise landing tests and on second orbital test flight (STS-2). Later became first astronaut to serve as NASA Administrator under President George H. W. Bush.
  • Paul J. Weitz — astronaut (Skylab 2)
  • John Young — naval aviator, astronaut (Gemini 3 and 10, Apollo 10 and 16, Shuttle flight STS-1 and STS-9)


  • Eddie Albert — actor (Roman Holiday)
  • James Avery — actor (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air)
  • Bob Barker — former host of The Price is Right
  • Harry Belafonte — singer and actor
  • Yogi Berra — baseball hall of famer, Catcher New York Yankees
  • Humphrey Bogart — Academy Award-winning actor (Casablanca)
  • Ernest Borgnine — Academy Award-winning actor (Marty)
  • Christopher "Big Black" Boykin — Star of MTV's Rob & Big television series and personal bodyguard to pro-skateboarder Rob Dyrdek
  • Carl Brashear — first African American Master Diver
  • Don Brown (author) — former US Navy JAG Officer, author of the Navy Justice Series
  • Lenny Bruce — comedian
  • Johnny Carson — longtime host of The Tonight Show
  • James H. Clark — American entrepreneur, founder of Netscape and other Silicon Valley startups.
  • Jerry Clower — Country Comedian
  • Bill Cosby — actor, comedian and educational philanthropist
  • Vincent Eugene Craddock, aka Gene Vincent — 50's rock & roll singer
  • Tony Curtis — actor (Some Like It Hot)
  • Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. — actor (Little Caesar)
  • Bob Feller — baseball Hall of Famer
  • Antwone Fisher — author and film producer who was the basis for the 2002 motion picture Antwone Fisher
  • Larry Flynt — publisher of Hustler
  • Henry Fonda — Academy Award-winning actor (The Grapes of Wrath (1940))
  • Chris Gardner — self-made millionaire, entrepreneur, motivational speaker and philanthropist who, during the early 1980s, struggled with homelessness while raising his toddler son, Christopher. The 2006 film The Pursuit of Happyness is based on his life.
  • Arthur Hill Gilbert — impressionist painter
  • Robert A. Heinlein — science fiction author
  • Barron Hilton — heir and co-chairman of the Hilton Hotels chain.
  • L. Ron Hubbard— science fiction author and founder of the Church of Scientology
  • Robert LaSardo — actor (Nip/Tuck)
  • Charlie Murphy — entertainer and brother of comedian Eddie Murphy.
  • Armistead Maupin — author and gay rights activist
  • Paul Newman — Academy Award-winning actor (The Hustler)
  • Tom Peters — bestselling author.
  • Regis Philbin — talk show host of Regis and Kelly
  • Thomas Pynchon — writer and novelist
  • Soupy Sales — comedian
  • MC Hammer — rap artist
  • Bill Sharman — member of the Basketball Hall of Fame
  • Craig Venter — biologist instrumental in mapping the human genome. He was listed on Time Magazine's 2007 and 2008 Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world.
  • Montel Williams — talk show host
  • Bill Withers — singer
  • Jeremiah Wright — senior pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ; cardiopulmonary technician (once assisted in surgery on President Lyndon Johnson, himself an ex-Navy officer)
  • Delmer J. Yoakum — artist


The Golden Thirteen

  • John Walter Reagan
  • Jesse Walter Arbor
  • Dalton Louis Baugh
  • Frank Ellis Sublett
  • Graham Edward Martin
  • Phillip George Barnes
  • Reginald E. Goodwin
  • James Edward Hair
  • Samuel Edward Barnes
  • George Clinton Cooper
  • William Sylvester White
  • Dennis Denmark Nelson
  • Charles Byrd Lear


List of Chiefs of Naval Operations (1915 – present)

This project doesn't end with the above list. It is meant only as a place to begin.