Naval Historical Center
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Laurence Frost graduated from the Naval Academy in 1926 and served in various ships and shore stations throughout the 1920s and 1930s. He was the commanding officer of USS Greer when that destroyer was attacked by a German U-boat on 4 September 1941. After decorated service in World War II, Frost was assigned to Naval Intelligence and later saw action as commander of the cruiser Manchester in the Korean War.
He commanded Destroyer Flotilla Four, Atlantic Fleet in 1955-1956 and was Director of Naval Intelligence from 1956 until 1960. He became director of the National Security Agency in November 1960 with the rank of Vice Admiral. After a final tour of duty at the Potomac River Naval Command, Admiral Frost retired in 1964.
Scope and Content Note
The papers of Vice Admiral Laurence H. Frost cover the entire span of his career. Included is correspondence from his service as Chief of Staff to Commander First Fleet in 1952 through his retirement. Series II, Subject Files, contains documents and correspondence relating to his awards and promotions, his orders and official documents, and a copy of the action report from the Greer's attack by a German U-boat.
This collection should be cited as Papers of Laurence H. Frost, Operational Archives Branch, Naval Historical Center, Washington, D.C.
2 cubic feet
3 July 2003