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DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY -- NAVAL HISTORICAL CENTER
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Ninth Naval District

The boundaries of the Ninth Naval District, headquartered at the Lake Training Station in Lake Bluff, Illinois, were established on 7 May 1903 in accordance with General Order No. 128, signed by Acting Secretary of the Navy Charles H. Darling. In 1911 the district was activated as part of an administrative unit called the "Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Naval Districts." In 1920 the district became a separate entity with its own district staff. In 1945 the district, headquartered at what was now known as Great Lakes Naval Training Station in Illinois, consisted of the following geographic areas: Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas. The Ninth Naval District was disestablished on 30 June 1979 and its functions transferred to the Fourth, Eighth, Eleventh and Thirteenth Naval Districts.

1919-1920
RADM Benton C. Decker 26 March 1919
1920-1921
CAPT Julian L. Latimer 10 August 1920
1921-1923
CAPT Walter S. Crosley 25 April 1921
1923-1926
CAPT Clark D. Stearns 11 December 1923
1929-1930
CAPT Stafford H. Doyle 15 Augsut 1929
1930-1931
CAPT Robert T. Menner 2 June 1930
1931-1934
RADM James J. Raby 12 September 1931
1934-1936
RADM Edward B. Fenner 14 May 1934
1936-
RADM Henry V. Butler 17 July 1936
1941-1944
RADM John Downes 7 December 1941
1944-
RADM Arthur S. Carpender 3 January 1944
1947-1951
RADM James C. Jones 18 July 1947
1951-1954
RADM Francis P. Old 7 July 1951
1954-1954
RADM Richard P. Glass 24 February 1954
1954-1955
RADM Daniel V. Gallery, Jr. 1 October 1954
1955-1959
RADM Emmet P. Forrestel 4 March 1955
1959-1961
RADM John M. Higgins 31 October 1959
1961-1963
RADM Ira H. Nunn 31 August 1961
1963-1967
RADM Howard A. Yeager 30 March 1963
1967-1967
RADM William S. Guest March 1967
1967-1970
RADM Henry A. Renken September 1967
1970-1973
RADM Draper L. Kauffman June 1970
1973-1974
RADM John D. Kane, Jr. September 1973
1974-1976
RADM Warren H. O'neil April 1974
1976-1977
RADM Albert M. Sackett June 1976
1977-1979
RADM Thomas W. McNamara August 1977

Notes: CAPT = Captain, RADM = Rear Admiral.

The administrative records of the Ninth Naval District are located in Record Group (RG) 181.2.8 at the National Archives and Records Administration’s Great Lakes Region (Chicago) facility at 7358 South Pulaski Road, Chicago, Illinois 60629-5898, 773-948-9001.

An unpublished 3-volume administrative history of the Ninth Naval District during World War II, known as “World War II Naval Administrative History # 116,” 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 #116."


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

07 June 2007