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|86k||John Russell Young Blakely was born 17 July 1872 in Philadelphia. He was the son of John Blakely, publisher of the Philadelphia Star newspaper, and the nephew of
John Russell Young and Congressman James Rankin Young. After graduating Philadelphia's Central High School in 1888, he was appointed to and graduated from the Naval Academy in 1892. After
serving in various Navy ships and at many shore stations, he took his first command, USS Des Moines, in 1914. As captain of this ship, and later Seattle, Blakely
rendered important service in transporting and escorting troops and supplies to Europe during the First World War. For his outstanding contribution he was awarded the Navy Cross. Following
the war Blakely served with the Chief of Naval Operations, at the Naval War College, and with the rank of captain he commanded Arizona (BB 39). After a tour as Assistant to the
Chief of the Bureau of Navigation in 1925, he was promoted to Rear Admiral and given command of a cruiser division. He also commanded the 15th Naval District and served on the important General
Board before poor health forced him to retire 1 June 1932. Rear Admiral Blakely died 28 March 1942 in Denver, Colo.
USS J.R.Y. Blakely (DE 140) (1943-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Photo courtesy of Alan Wagner.)
|117k||undated wartime image||Jerry Church|
|75k||January 1946||David Buell|
Booklet 2 March 1973
Tim Rizzuto and
|J.R.Y. Blakely History|
|View the USS J.R.Y. Blakely (DE 140) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|J.R.Y. Blakely's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 16 Aug. 1943 - 30 Sep. 1943||Cdr. John Hildreth Forshew, Jr., USNR (Brooklyn, N.Y.) (Comm. CO)|
|2.) 30 Sep. 1943 - 26 Jan. 1944||Lcdr. James B. Harvey, Jr., USNR|
|3.) 26 Jan. 1944 - 26 Mar. 1944||Lt. Knox D. Talley, USNR|
|4.) 26 Mar. 1944 - 01 Jul. 1945||Lcdr. Addison S. Archie, Jr., USNR|
|5.) 01 Jul. 1945 - 09 Apr. 1946||Lcdr. Paul Jerry Brownlow, USNR (New Holland, Ga.)|
|6.) 09 Apr. 1946 - 02 Jun. 1946||Lt.(jg) Richard Hood Southwick, USNR|
|7.) 02 Jun. 1946 - 04 Jun. 1946||Lt.(jg) Harold Legrand Hull, USNR (Decomm. CO)|
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