Alexander Dean Douglas, USN

Born  23 Jul 1894
Died   1989(94)


Photo taken on USS Fulton in Jan 1942 when the ship crossed the equator

Ranks

3 Jun 1937 Cdr.
14 Jun 1942 T/Capt.

Decorations

Warship Commands listed for Alexander Dean Douglas, USN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
USS Fulton (AS 11)Cdr.Submarine tender12 Sep 194114 Oct 1942 (1)

Career information

Douglas, born in Dubuque, IA 1984, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy 1917 and served on the destroyer USS Flusser in WWI. Married Marion Shepard 1919, Cedar Rapids, IA. Began submarine duty 1920. As Acting C.O. 1921, sailed the disabled submarine USS R-14 about 110 miles to Hilo, Hawaii, using three sails that he personally designed from hammocks and blankets, and received a personal letter of commendation from Comdr. C.W. Nimitz, his Division Commander. Son James born 1921 (later retired Army Col., infantry) son Robert born 1923 (later retired Navy Lt. Comdr., submarines). Commanded two submarines in following years had assorted other duties, including the China Station and American Samoa, always with family. As a Comdr. 1941, was first C.O. of the USS Fulton, first ship built from the keel up as a submarine tender. 1942 Convoy Commodore of the second convoy of U.S. troops sent to Africa. Retired physically 1947, lived in Black Mountain, NC Kennebunkport, ME Annapolis, MD and Albuquerque, NM, where wife Marion died 1984. Transported 1987 by air with son Robert to a nursing home near Robert's residence in Escondido, CA. He died of pneumonia 1989, then the twentieth oldest graduate of the Naval Academy he donated his remains to the School of Medicine, UCSD. Son James had a headstone set for him in the Memorial Section of Arlington National Cemetery (information from his son).

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