Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King- Salty Sea Dog

May 18, 2011 at 4:04 pm 5 comments

Part Onehttps://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2011/05/17/fleet-admiral-ernest-j-king-lorain-ohio/Part Two

I could write down all the accolades earned by Lorain’s native son his accomplishments, which were many ,

Naval Aviator Wings

Navy Distinguished Service Medal (w/two gold stars)

Navy Cross
Spanish Campaign Medal

Sampson Medal

Mexican Service Medal

World War I Victory Medal (w/Atlantic Fleet campaign clasp)

American Defense Service Medal (w/Atlantic Device)

American Campaign Medal

World War II Victory Medal
National Defense Service Medal

Grand Cross of the National Order of the Légion d’honneur (France) 1945

Croix de guerre (France) 1944

Commander of the Order of Vasco Nunez de Balboa (Panama) 1929

Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy 1933

Knight of the Grand Cross of the Military Order of Italy 1948

Order of Merit, Grand Official (Brazil) 1943

Naval Order of Merit (Cuba) 1943

Estrella Abdon Calderon (Ecuador) 1943

Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath (United Kingdom) 1945

Order of the Sacred Tripod (China) 1945

Grand Cross of the Order of George I (Greece) 1946

Grand Officer of the Order of the Crown (1948)

Croix de Guerre (Belgium) (1948)

Order of Orange-Nassau (Netherlands) 1949

others certainly have done a better job of that than I could. As I read his story I started to “like” the man.

Ernest J King was also a Mason

the story of Ernest King at the time of his entry into the Masonic Fraternity in George C. Whiting Lodge No. 22 in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. June 25,1935 while he was Chief of the Navy’s Bureau of Aeronautics. He received the Fellowcraft Degree in July of that year and was Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason on September 12.1935.

“There was kindness, as well as directness and simplicity. in his answer to a Brooklyn eighth-grader who in January, 1943 wrote to ask if he drank or smoked, and what his favorite movie star, hobby, and sport might be.

“Dear Harriett:

I have your letter of January 6th and am interested to learn that you have to do my biography as part of your English work.

As to your questions:

I drink a little wine, NOW and then.

I smoke about one pack of cigarettes a day.

I think I like Spencer Tracy as well as any of the movie stars.

My hobbyist cross-word puzzles–when they are difficult.

My favorite sport is golf–when I can get to play it otherwise I am fond of walking.

Hoping that all will go well with your English work. I am.

Very Truly yours.

E.J. King Admiral, U. S. Navy.”

This man was not perfect, he was irascible , had a temper , liked a drink or two was an admirer of the ladies, upset even General Eisenhower

King was “the antithesis of cooperation, a deliberately rude person … a mental bully,” Eisenhower noted in his diary. “One thing that might help win this war is to get someone to shoot King.”

http://www.theatlantic.com/past/issues/99mar/victory4.htmand swore like —well—- a sailor!

King developed a reputation for being abrasive and argumentative. As a member of the Joint Chief of Staffs he often clashed with General George Marshall. King opposed plans to land the US Army in North Africa. He thought the most important area of concern was the Pacific War. What is more, he thought that the US Navy should play the decisive role in this as long as it was given adequate resources.

King, General Douglas MacArthur the Supreme Commander of the Southwest Pacific Area, and Chester Nimitz, Commander in Chief of the US Pacific Fleet, decided that their first objective should be to establish and protect a line of communications across the South Pacific to Australia. This resulted in the battles of Coral Sea and Midway, where the Japanese Navy lost all four of her carriers.

King insisted on launching the Guadalcana campaign although General Douglas MacArthur claimed that the US Army was not ready yet for a major offensive. MacArthur also disagreed with invasion of the Soloman Islands. There was also conflict over King’s view that American forces should bypass the Philippines.

King also opposed Russian involvement in the Pacific War. He also objected to the idea that the Royal Navy should be moved to Pacific after gaining control of the Atlantic. In December 1944, King, along with William Leahy and Chester Nimitz, was given the five-star rank of Fleet Admiral.

Source : http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/2WWkingE.htm
And a sailor he was – we must remember the early part of the 20th century was a different time – men spoke their minds ( women not so much) – it was OK to have an opinion and Ernest J King certainly had those.

” a tongue-in-cheek remark about King, made by one of his daughters, carried about by Naval personnel at the time that “he is the most even-tempered person in the United States Navy. He is always in a rage.” Roosevelt once described King as a man who “shaves every morning with a blow torch”.

It is commonly reported that when King was called to be Com in CH he remarked,”When they get in trouble they send for the sons-of-bitches”. However, when he was later asked if he had said this King replied that “he had not but would have if he had thought of it”.

If a ship has been sunk, I can’t bring it up. If it is going to be sunk, I can’t stop it. I can use my time much better working on tomorrow’s problem than by fretting about yesterday’s. Besides, if I let those things get me, I wouldn’t last long.”



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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Dennis Lamont  |  May 18, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    If you look near the back of the Arcadia book on Lorain you will see “Old Iron Pants” with a smile …and it looks genuine.

  • 2. muley  |  May 18, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    To me, Adm King is the most prominent person to ever call Lorain, Ohio home.

  • 3. Loraine Ritchey  |  May 18, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Well I am enjoying researching the man I must say —- he is a least interesting and not at all dry and dire !

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