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Fifteenth Naval District

The Fifteenth Naval District, headquartered at Balboa in the Canal Zone, was established on 28 November 1917 by an executive order dated 27 August 1917 and encompassed "the waters adjacent to the Canal Zone exclusive of the area between the inner limits of the defensive sea areas established at the Atlantic Entrance and the Pacific Entrance of the Panama Canal." In 1945 the district consisted of the following geographic area: Panama Canal Zone. The Fifteenth Naval District was disestablished on 31 December 1975 its responsibilities were transferred to the Panama Canal US Naval Station.

1918-1919
RADM Marbury Johnston 18 November 1918
1919-1922
RADM Montgomery M. Taylor August 1919
1922-1925
RADM Noble E. Irwin December 1922
1925-1927
RADM George C. Day 11 July 1925
1927-1929
RADM Henry H. Christy August 1927
1929-1930
RADM John R. Y. Blakely May 1929
1930-1931
RADM Henry H. Hough July 1930
1931-1933
RADM Noble E. Irwin October 1931
1933-1935
RADM Walter S. Crosley 9 June 1933
1935-1937
RADM Albert W. Marshall 1 October 1935
1937-1939
RADM Walter N. Vernou 4 September 1937
1939-1942
RADM Frank H. Sadler 10 August 1939
1942-1943
RADM Clifford E. Van Hook 15 April 1942
1943-1944
RADM Harold C. Train 14 October 1943
1944
CAPT Ellis S. Stone (A) 10 June 1944
1944-1945
RADM Howard F. Kingman 3 November 1944
1945
CAPT Schuyler Mills (A) 9 July 1945
1945-1946
RADM John R. Beardall 23 August 1945
1948-1950
RADM Edward W. Hanson 13 February 1948
1950-1954
RADM Albert M. Bledsoe 11 December 1950
1954-1956
RADM Milton E. Miles 8 February 1954
1956-1957
RADM Clarence L. Atkeson 21 June 1956
1957-1957
RADM Daniel V. Gallery, Jr. 17 May 1957
1957-1959
RADM George H. Wales 3 September 1957
1959-1960
RADM Lewis S. Parks 11 May 1959
1960-1962
RADM Richard S. Craighill 8 June 1960
1962-1964
RADM William E. Ferrall 4 May 1962
1966-1967
RADM Ralph C. Johnson 15 June 1966
1967-1969
RADM George P. Koch January 1967
1969-1971
RADM Charles D. Nace June 1969
1971-1973
RADM Charles H. Griffiths August 1971
1973-
RADM Robert H. Blount May 1973

Notes: CAPT = Captain, RADM = Rear Admiral.

The administrative records of the Fifteenth Naval District are located in Record Group (RG) 181.2.14 at the National Archives and Records Administration’s Southwest Region facility at 501 West Felix Street, Building 1, Fort Worth, Texas 76115-3405, telephone 817-831-5620.

An unpublished 2-volume administrative history of the Fifteenth Naval District and Panama Sea Frontier during World War II, known as “World War II Naval Administrative History # 122,” is located in the Navy Department Library. It is unavailable for loan and must be consulted in the library. Photocopying of this manuscript is generally prohibited; the use of digital cameras by researchers is encouraged. Permission to photocopy a limited number of pages may be granted by the reference staff, contingent upon the physical state of the item. Any photocopying of this manuscript shall be done under the close supervision of the reference staff. Microfiche packets of this history are available; these can be borrowed through interlibrary loan or purchased. The use of personal scanners by non-library staff personnel must be approved by the reference staff on a document-by-document basis (Reference: Naval Historical Center Instruction [NAVHISTCENTINST] 5070.1C.). When requesting the administrative history, please specify its number. For example: "I'd like to examine/purchase World War Two Admin. History #122."


Related Source:
Fifty Years of Naval District Development 1903-1953
Naval District Manual, 1927

07 June 2007