Admiral Marvin Granville Kennedy
September 12, 1905 - February 9, 1997
Granville Kennedy was born in Huntsville, Missouri
on September 12, 1905, son of Marvin G. and Erma
McCrary (Forster) Kennedy. He attended Henrietta
High School before his appointment to the U.S. Naval
Academy from his native state in 1925. As
a Midshipman he played varsity soccer, winning his
NA award and varsity lacrosse, receiving his numerals.
He was graduated and commissioned Ensign on June
graduation he joined the USS IDAHO and in 1931 received
a commendatory letter in connection with the IDAHO's
winning the Battle Efficiency Pennant that year.
Detached from that battleship in January 1932, he
was then ordered to the Submarine Base, New London,
Connecticut for submarine training. Upon completing
the course in June 1932, he had successive service
in the submarines S-35, S-34 and S-45 until June
1936. He was aboard the S-34 when she was
awarded the Torpedo "E" for the years 1934-1935
to the United States he attended the course in general
line at the Postgraduate School, Annapolis, Maryland,
after which he had duty afloat from July 1938 in
the USS CHICAGO. Detached from that cruiser
in March 1939, he then assisted in the fitting out
of the USS HAMMANN at the Federal Shipbuilding and
Dry Dock Company, Kearny, New Jersey. He joined
her as Engineer Officer upon her commissioning,
August 11, 1939 and in March 1941 transferred to
the USS NARWHAL to serve as her Executive Officer
until March 1942.
was in charge of fitting out the USS WAHOO at the
Mare Island Navy Yard and assumed command of that
submarine upon her commissioning on May 15, 1942.
He was awarded the Silver Star Medal for his actions
while in command of that submarine during her Second
of command of the WAHOO in December 1942, he joined
the staff of Commander Service Force, Southwest
Pacific. From April 1943 to April 1944 he
served as Repair Officer in the USS BUSHNELL.
He then was given command of the USS GUEST and earned
a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Silver Star Medal
for his actions during operations off Guam, the
Palau Islands and during the Battle of the Philippine
to the United States in August 1945, he reported
as Professor of Naval Science at the University
of South Carolina at Columbia with additional duty
as Commanding Officer of the V-12 and ROTC units
there as well as the V-12 units at the Medical College
of the University of South Carolina. He remained
there until the summer of 1948 when he became Commander
Destroyer Division ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-TWO.
1949 and 1950 he was Recorder, Board of Inspection
and Survey, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations,
Navy Department, Washington, D.C. He continued
to serve in that capacity until August 1950 when
he was assigned duty as Senior Engineer Member,
Board of Inspection and Survey, Pacific Coast Section,
with headquarters at San Francisco, California.
In December, 1951 he joined the staff of the Commandant,
Twelfth Naval District, also at San Francisco.
Captain Kennedy continued to serve in that assignment
until he was transferred to the Retired List of
the U.S. Navy and advanced to the rank of Rear Admiral
on the basis of combat awards on October 1, 1952.
In addition to the Silver Star Medal and Gold Star,
Rear Admiral Kennedy received the American Defense
Medal; the American Campaign Medal; the Asiatic-Pacific
Campaign Medal; and the World War II Victory Medal.
Rear Admiral Kennedy died on February 9, 1997 at
the age of 91.