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NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive
Contributed by Mike Smolinski
USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52)
Commander Denius was born in Tallahassee, Florida and raised in Big Horn, Wyoming. He was accepted to
attend the U.S. Naval Academy where he graduated and received his commission in 1994. Following
commissioning CDR Deniusí first tour of duty was aboard USS Ardent (MCM 12), where he served as CIC
Officer and later, the Operations Officer. In 1997, CDR Denius reported to USS WASP (LHD 1) for his
second Division officer tour where he served as the Fire Control Officer. In 2001, CDR Denius attended the
Surface Warfare Department Head School and subsequently reported to USS CARTER HALL (LSD 50) and
served as the Operations Officer. In March 2003, CDR Denius reported to his second Department Head tour
aboard the USS BATAAN (LHD 5) where he deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi
Freedom. In October 2006, CDR Denius reported to USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42) as the Executive
Officer where he deployed to the Northern Arabian Gulf with the TARAWA Expeditionary Strike Group.
CDR Deniusí tours ashore include Flag Lieutenant to the Commander, Amphibious Group Two; student at
the Naval War College Newport, R.I., and most recently a Congressional Fellowship where he served as the
Military Legislative Assistant to Congressman Gene Taylor (MS), Chairman of the Seapower and
Expeditionary Warfare Subcommittee. CDR Denius assumed command of the USS PEARL HARBOR (LSD
52) on July 31, 2010. CDR Deniusí personal awards include the Navy Commendation Medal (6 awards) and
various unit and service awards.
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