REAR ADMIRAL HENRY GEORGE MORAN, RETIRED
U. S. NAVY, 58136
TRANSCRIPT OF NAVAL SERVICE - 7 August 1953
(with additions noted: (*)
04 May l899 Born in West Haven, Connecticut
20 Jun 1919 Midshipman, U. S. Navy Ensign, U. S. Navy
08 Jun 1923 Ensign, U.S. Navy
07 Aug 1947 Captain, U.S. Navy, to rank from 15 May 1943
01 Jul 1953 Transferred to the Retired List with rank of Rear Admiral
SHIPS AND STATIONS
* USS OSB0RNE Jun 1923 to Aug 1926
* USS NEVADA Nov 1926 to Nov 1927
* USS NEW YORK Nov 1927 to Jun 1928
* U. S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD. ( instruction.) Jul 1928 to Jun 1929
* Temporary duty at various places Jun 1929 to Sep 1930
* USS HOUSTON Oct 1930 to Jul 1931
* Headquarters, SIXTEENTH Naval District Jul 1931 to Apr 1933
* Staff, Commander Submarine Squadron FIVE Apr 1933 to Dec 1933
* Navy Yard, New York Mar 1934 to Jun 1934
* U.S. Naval Air Station, Lakehurst, N. J. Jun 1934 to Jan 1936 (Notes 1 and 2.)
* USS ELLIS (Executive Officer) Jan 1936 to Sep 1936
* USS ELLIS (Commanding) Sep 1936 to Dec 1936
* Naval Inspector of Machinery, Quincy, Mass. cfo USS GRIDLEY and on board
as Executive Officer when placed in commission. Jan 1937 to Jun 1939
* Naval Air Station, Lakehurst, N. J. (duty) Jun 1939 to May 1941 (Notes 1 and 2.)
* Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA.
* CFO USS HORNET and on board for duty when placed in commission. Jun 1941 to Nov 1942
* USS ENTERPRISE Nov 1942 to Sep 1943
* Temporary duty at various places to Sep 1943 to Feb 1944
* Staff, Commander, EIGHTH Fleet Feb 1944 to Mar 1944
* Office of. Commander, Group TWO, ELEVENTH Amphib. Force Mar 1944 to Oct 1944
* Operations Officer for Amphibious Landings at Utah Beach, Normandy Invasion June 6, 1944 (*)
* Operations Officer for Amphibious Landings at San Rafael, Southern France, August 15, 1944 (*)
* USS BUCKINGHAM (APA 141) (Commanding) 25 Jan 1945 to 19 Dec 1945
* Naval War College, Newport, R.I. (instruction) Dec 1945 to May 1946
* Staff, Naval War College, Newport, RI, May 1946 to May 1948
* USS LITTLE ROCK (CL 92) (Commanding), 24 May 194813 May 1949
* Professor of Naval Science, Columbia University, New York, NY 1949 - 1953
Wife: Helene J. Quinn
Date and Place of Marriage: 19 Nov 1931 in Manila, P. I.
Children: Thomas Henry Moran
Father: Michael Moran (Deceased)
Mother: Marie Early Moran (Deceased)
Schools attended prior to entry into the U.S. Naval Academy:
West Haven High School, New Haven, Conn
Yale University, New Haven, Conn
Awards: Silver Star (USS Hornet at Battle of Santa Cruz Islands)
Presidential Citation (USS Enterprise at Guadalcanal Campaign)
Other items of interest pertaining to RADM Moran:
While Professor of Naval Science at Columbia College, Columbia University, in New York City, NY from 1949 through 1953, he took evening courses in real estate appraisal at the Graduate School of Business, Columbia University. On retirement, he joined the firm of Joseph P. Day Real Estate as a appraiser and was in charge of several major real estate appraisals. Two interesting appraisals were the Army Depot at Schenectady, NY, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard. He utilized expert appraisers as diverse as large machinery appraisers and agricultural appraisers for some jobs. Later RADM Moran worked for Sanders A. Kahn Associates. At one point he was the President of the Columbia Society of Appraisers.
RADM Moran remained very active with the the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1923 Alumni Association, the American Legion, and Fleet Reserve Association.
Moran was selected to present an award to Captain Joseph A. Boyd of the United Fruit Company's SS Cape Ann, for prompt action saving the survivors of the Andria Doria.
He is listed as RAdm, H.G. Moran, Chairman of the Transportation Section of the New York Board of Trade.
Note 1. In 1940, then LCDR H. G. Moran was designated Naval Aviator (LTA) #6724.
Note 2. Rick Zitarosa - Historian, Navy Lakehurst Historical Society added this: Henry G. Moran (Naval Aviator #6724) was in Lakehurst LTA Class L-9 of 1935. Although he went through the Officers Rigid Airship Training School, there were no active Rigid Airships left to fly at this time (the USS MACON had gone down in February 1935.) What little I have on him shows that his last LTA duty was at Lakehurst in 1941 (the year he apparently attained the rank of Lieutenant Commander) and as of 1944 he was listed as "Sea Duty."
See RADM Moran's son Thomas' recollections.)
Captain Moran with five young ladies
at the Forward 6" Gun Turret
Anchored off Marblehead Light, MA
The ladies in above photo are members of the "North Shore
Players" summer theater group from Marblehead, MA.
They are, from left to right: Honoria Shelton, Mary Louise McGrath, Doris Quinlan, Gloria Patterson and Gretchen Merrill
(US Navy photo June 1948)
Five Visitors with USS Little Rock Lifebuoy
Anchored off Marblehead Light, MA
From left to right: Honoria Shelton, Doris Quinlan, Gretchen Merrill, Mary Louise McGrath, and Gloria Patterson. The ladies are members
of the "North Shore Players" theater group from Marblehead, MA,
(US Navy photo June 1948)
Captain Moran with eight young ladies and three gentlemen
who are visiting on board LITTLE ROCK .
The handwritten note in the lower left-hand corner reads:
"From North Shore Players
Marblehead June 30, 1948"
Names signed to the above photo from left to right are:
1. "?" 2. "?" 3. "Alice Fitzpatrick"
4. "Debbie Davis" 5. "J.R. L....tto"?
6. "Jean Luderer" 7. "Robin Wain",
8. "D... Steele" 9. "George & Carrie"?
10. "Janice Newcomb", 11. Girl w/pearls ?
|In Naval Post at
Capt. H.G. Moran
Capt. Moran at Columbia
As Naval R.O.T.C. Head
Captain H. G. Moran, U.S.N., was welcomed yesterday by Dean Harry J. Carman, of Columbia College, as new commanding officer, of the college's Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps unit. Captain Moran, former commanding officer of the U.S.S. Little Rock, succeeds Captain Timothy F. Wellings as head of Columbia 's midshipmen.
A veteran of major sea actions in both the European and Pacific theaters during World War II, Captain Moran was damage-control Qfficer on the aircraft carrier Hornet, which took part in the Doolittle raid on Tokyo in 1942. He was put in command of the light cruiser Little Rock in May, 1948.
Captain Moran served for two years after the end of the war as a staff member of the Naval War College, Newport, R.I. He wears the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity on the U.S.S. Hornet at the Battle of Santa Cruz Islands and the Presidential citation for service on the U.S.S. Enterprise during the Guadalcanal campaign.
From U.S. Naval Academy
Class of 1923
HENRY GEORGE MORAN
West Haven, Connecticut
"Pat" " Henrod "
"Hey Mister! How long have you been in country?" Take a look at "it" and you'll see why the question was shot at him so often the year of his debut at the Naval Academy. No, he was not a Sinn Feiner, but a divvil of an Irishman at that.
With a local "rep" as a chaser of the elusive pigskin, our Hero started Plebe year on the football squad but soon made the excused squad instead, and never lost his position as All American Politician. His bum knee turned him from athletics to snaking - and LINE.? What else would make that blond Skywegian propose to him after but one afternoon in Christiania - and she said she'd support him, too!
This yegg started Plebe summer "ratier" than a First Classman and never changed a bit in four years. However, we have straight dope that one of the "more deadly" of the species has him going; so we surmise that "Henrod" will soon learn to obey her regulations, if no others.
"I was on the USS Little Rock as a child and escorted around the ship by a seaman.
My father retired from the Navy in 1953 from his final position as Professor of Naval Science at Columbia University.
While he was stationed at Columbia, he took night courses in Real Estate appraising at the Graduate School of Business. He joined the Firm of Sanders Kahn, on Day Street in New York City, NY. He was the lead appraiser on several big appraisals for that company. Two that I remember him mentioning was the Army Depot at Schenectady, NY, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Subsequent to that, he worked in New Jersey at Real Estate Appraising.
He retired in 1972 and moved to Washington, DC, be near me and my family.
My father was a lighter-than-air pilot and was stationed at Lakehurst, NJ, at the time of my birth in 1940. He flew Balloons, Blimps, and qualified on Dirigibles (the Los Angeles was the only commissioned dirigible at that time...." (see "Great Photos - Lakehurst"). With regard to the linked photo, Mr. Moran goes on to say: "The Los Angeles is in the foreground, a Navy blimp is in the background for size comparison, and the Dirigible hanger is still at Lakehurst. My father told me clouds would form in the top of that hanger and it would sometimes sprinkle inside."
Ed. Note: Mr. Thomas Moran forwarded two spectacular photos of LITTLE ROCK moored (location uncertain) in "Full Dress". The side and bow-on views with all flags flying are superb. Click here to view photos.
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Section 36, Grave 66A
HENRY GEORGE MORAN (RADM)
Date of Birth: May 4, 1899
Date of Death: Nov 1, 1988
HELENE J. MORAN
Date of Birth: Mar. 20, 1902
Date of Death: Jun. 29, 1964
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