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Wilkinson, Theodore Stark "Ping"

Date of birth:
December 22nd, 1888 (Annapolis/Maryland, United States)
Date of death:
February 21st, 1946 (Norfolk/Virginia, United States)
Buried on:
Arlington National Cemetery
Row: 2. Grave: 3645.
Nationality:
American (1776 - present, Republic)

Biography

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Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Rank:
Ensign
Unit:
U.S.S. Florida (BB-30), U.S. Navy
Awarded on:
December 4th, 1915
"The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Ensign Theodore Stark Wilkinson, Jr., United States Navy, for distinguished conduct in battle during the engagements of Vera Cruz, Mexico, 21 and 22 April 1914, on board the U.S.S. FLORIDA. Ensign Wilkinson was in both days' fighting at the head of his company and was eminent and conspicuous in his conduct, leading his men with skill and courage."

War Department, General Orders No. 177
Medal of Honor - Navy/Marine Corps (MoH)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Rear Admiral
Unit:
Amphibious Force, U.S. Navy
Awarded on:
May 1944
Distinguished Service Medal - Navy/USMC
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Rear Admiral Theodore Stark Wilkinson, Jr., United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States as Commander, Amphibious Force during operations in the Solomon Islands, from July 1943. He achieved outstanding success in operations against the Japanese. His forceful leadership, careful planning and sound tactical judgment were vital factors in our success.

Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 326

With 2 Gold Stars
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Vice Admiral
Unit:
3rd Amphibious Force, 3rd Fleet, U.S. Navy
Awarded on:
March 1945
Distinguished Service Medal - Navy/USMC
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Vice Admiral Theodore Stark Wilkinson, Jr., United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States as Commander of THIRD Amphibious Force, THIRD Fleet, from 1 August to 2 October 1944. Vice Admiral Wilkinson, masterful in his planning and bold in combat tactics, conducted an overseas amphibious operation which culminated in capture of Peleliu, Angaur and Ulithi, thereby driving the Japanese 500 miles back in the Western Pacific and blocking the only enemy outlet for supplies and support to his remaining bases in the Central Pacific.

Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 33
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)

With "Atlantic clasp"
American Defence Service Medal
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)

With 4 "bronze ser vice stars"
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)

With "escort clasp"
World War I Victory Medal
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)

With 1 star
Philippines Liberation Medal

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