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Third Naval District

The Third Naval District, headquartered at New York, New York, was established on 7 May 1903 in accordance with General Order No. 128, signed by Acting Secretary of the Navy Charles H. Darling. Puerto Rico was initially part of the district due to good communications between New York and Puerto Rico. In 1919 Puerto Rico was removed from the district and placed directly under the control of the Chief of Naval Operations. In 1945 the district, still headquartered at New York, consisted of the following geographic areas: Connecticut, New York, the northern part of New Jersey (including Counties of Mercer, Monmouth, and all counties north thereof), and also the Nantucket Shoals Lightship. The Third Naval District was disestablished on 7 October 1976 and functions were transferred to the Fourth Naval District.
       
1903-1904
RADM Frederick Rodgers May 1903
1904-1907
RADM Joseph B. Coghlan October 1904
1907-1909
RADM Caspar G. Goodrich June 1907
1909-1910
RADM Joseph B. Murdock May 1909
1910-1912
RADM Eugene H. Leutze March 1910
1912-1914
CAPT Albert Gleaves June 1912
1914-1919
RADM Nathaniel R. Usher September 1914
1919-1921
RADM James H. Glennon April 1919
1921-1921
RADM Harry M. Huse February 1921
1922-1928
RADM Charles P. Plunkett November 1922
1928-1928
CAPT Frank Lyon February 1928
1931-1933
RADM William W. Phelps March 1931
1933-1936
RADM Yates Stirling June 1933
1936-1936
CAPT Frederick L. Oliver March 1936
1936-1937
RADM Harris Laning April 1936
1937-1941
RADM Clark H. Woodward October 1937
1941-1942
RADM Adolphus Andrews March 1941
1942-1944
RADM Edward J. Marquart March 1942
1944-1944
RADM William Munroe March 1944
1944-1948
RADM Monroe Kelly November 1944
1948-1952
RADM Walter S. DeLany July 1948
1952-1956
RADM Roscoe H. Hillenkoetter July 1952
 1956-1958
RADM Milton E. Miles August 1956
1958-1959
RADM Chester C. Wood February 1958
1959-1961
VADM Thomas S. Combs June 1959
1961-1963
RADM George H. Wales June 1961
1963-1966
RADM Redfield Mason May 1963
1966-1967
RADM George R. Luker August 1966
1967-1971
RADM Francis D. Foley September 1967
1971-1972
RADM John N. Shaffer August 1971
1972-1974
RADM William M. Pugh II July 1972
1974-1976
VADM Joseph P. Moorer July 1974

Notes: RADM = Rear Admiral, CAPT = Captain, VADM = Vice Admiral.

The administrative records of the Third Naval District are located in Record Group (RG) 181.2.2 at the National Archives and Records Administration’s Northeast Region, New York City, facility at 201 Varick Street, 12th Floor, New York, New York 10014 (entrance on Houston Street, between Varick and Hudson), telephone 1-866-840-1752 or 212-401-1620.

An unpublished 5-volume administrative history of the Third Naval District during World War II, known as “World War II Naval Administrative History # 110,” 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 #110."


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

07 June 2007