De Florez worked in the U.S. Navy aviation section as a career officer in the First World War. He also worked on the development of refinery technology.
He was called to active duty in April 1940 and, after a refresher training at Naval Air Station Pensacola, became a Naval Aviator on June 29th 1940. De Florez clocked months of service on board a carrier before his transfer to the Navy's Special Devices Desk, where he championed the use of "synthetic training devices". For the remainder of the war, he stood at the helm of the Navy 's development of such devices to increase readiness. He also worked on the development of antisubmarine devices. De Florez has been credited with over sixty inventions.
He was awarded the Silver and Gold Medals of the Spanish Red Cross in recognition of his equipping ambulances and supplying medical aid to the Government of Spain.
February 13th, 1934: Lieutenant Commander
July 13th, 1940: Commander
November 14th, 1942: Captain
November 2nd, 1945: Rear Admiral
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