Commanding Officer


U.S. Navy photograph 

Captain John Perry Whitney, U.S. Navy



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USAF_DSM.jpg USAF Distinguished Service Medal
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CAR.jpg Combat Action Ribbon
PUC.jpg Presidential Unit Citation
ADM.jpg American Defense Service Medal
ACM.jpg American Campaign Medal
APCM.jpg Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
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Award Criteria


- 1900 Born in Brooklyn, New York
MIDN 1922 Graduated from U.S. Naval Academy
? ? Student at Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida
LCDR 1940-1941 CO,  USS CLEMSON (AVD-4)
CAPT 1943 Member, Permanent Joint Board on Defense US and Canada
CAPT 1944 CO, USS KITKUN BAY (CVE 71) w/TU 52.11.1 at Marinas 
CAPT 1944  CO, USS KITKUN BAY (CVE 71) w/TU 32.7.3 at Palau 
 CAPT 1944 CO, USS KITKUN BAY (CVE 71) w/TU 77.4.3 at Samar 
CAPT 1945 Deputy Commander, Naval Air Transporation Command
CAPT 1946-1947 CO, USS MIDWAY (CV-41)
RADM 1948-1951 Vice Commander, Military Air Transporation Command
RADM 1952 Chief of Naval Air Basic Training, Naval Air Basic Training Command, NAS Pensacola, FL 
VADM Retired from Naval Service
- 1974 Died at

Short biography of
Captain John Perry Whitney, U.S. Navy


John Perry Whitney was born on September 25, 1900 in Brooklyn, New York.  His hometown was Cedartown, Georgia .

Graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with the Class of 1922.

He attended Naval Flight School at Naval Air Station Pensacola and was designated a Naval Aviator.

In 1940 through 1941he served as Commanding Officer on the old destroyer USS CLEMSON (AVD-4).

In 1943 he served as a member of the Permanent Joint Board on Defense US and Canada.  The permanent Joint Board on Defense was set up by the United States and Canada in pursuance of a joint announcement of the President and Prime Minister W. L. Mackenzie King, dated August 17, 1940, at Ogdensburg, N. Y., for the purpose of carrying out studies relating to sea, land, and air problems, including personnel and mat6riel, and to consider, in the broad sense, the defense of the northern half of the Western Hemisphere.

In June 1944 as Commanding Officer of USS KITKUN BAY (CVE 71) he took part in the invasion of the Marinas in Task Unit 52.11.1.  In this action he was awarded the Bronze Star for the period June 14 to  August 4, 1944.  Next KITKUN BAY participated in the Palau invasion forces with Task Unit 32.7.3, and finally saw action at Samar with Task Unit 77.4.3.

In 1945 he was designated as Deputy Commander of the Naval Air Transporation Command (disestablished on June 1, 1948 to make way for the joint Military Air Transporation Command).

From July 18, 1946  to August 11, 1947 he served as Commanding Officer of USS MIDWAY (CV 41).  Shortly after this tour he was selected to the rank of Rear Admiral.

His first flag assignment was as Vice Commander, of the newly established joint Military Air Transporation Command, a new unit under the direction of the U.S. Air Force.  He served from  January 25, 1948 to Febuary 12, 1951.  MATC had 766 USAF and 58 USN aircraft, and 54,164 personnel from USAF, USN, civil service.  Under the single-manager concept, the cost-saving operation was to economically and efficiently implement a globe-circling function to air transport people, materiel, mail, strategic materials, and other cargo.  For his service he was awarded the USAF Distinguished Service Medal.

In 1952 he served as Chief of Naval Air Basic Training, Naval Air Basic Training Command, at NAS Pensacola, FL.

Retired as a Vice Admiral.

He was married to ????.

He died in ???? on February 4, 1974.

Source:  Robert Jon Cox independent research

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