Towers, John Henry

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John Henry Towers, born 30-01-1885 in Rome, Georgia, U.S. naval officer and aviator. Georgia, John Henry Tower graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1906. In 1911 he became only the third naval officer to qualify as a pilot. During his first ten years as an aviator he set up naval air stations, held key staff positions in Washington, and commanded the flight of three Navy-Curtis seaplanes that tried to fly the Atlantic in May 1919. He later served as captain of the carriers Langley and Saratoga 

and by 1939 was a Rear Admiral and Chief of the Bureau of Aeronautics. He oversaw a massive build up in the naval air arm before becoming a Vice Admiral and commander of the Air Force, Pacific Fleet in 1942. Two years later he became deputy to Admiral Chester William Nimitz, commander of Pacific Ocean Areas and Pacific Fleet.

Tower then commanded Task Force 38  and the Fifth Fleet File:United States Navy Fifth Fleet (insignia).jpg before reaching the rank of full Admiral and succeeding Admiral Raymond Spruance   as the theatre commander. Tower retired from the navy in 1947, serving as vice-president of Pan-American World Airways until 1953.

Death and burial ground of Towers, John Henry.

    John Towers died at the age of 70, on 30-04-1955 and is buried with his wife Pierette Anne, who died old age 88, in 1990, on the Arlington National Cemetery, Section 30.
    

 

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