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Vice Admiral Lawson P. Ramage, USN, (Retired), (1909-1990)

Lawson Paterson Ramage was born on 19 January 1909 in Monroe Bridge, Massachusetts. Appointed from Vermont to the U.S. Naval Academy, he graduated an Ensign in June 1931 and reported to the destroyer Dickerson, which was followed by duty on board USS Lawrence and USS Louisville. In June 1934, he was promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade. Completing submarine instruction at the Submarine School, New London, Connecticut, in December 1935, he received orders to submarine S-29. While receiving instruction at the Post Graduate School at Annapolis, Maryland, Ramage was promoted to Lieutenant in January 1939. That September, he reported to the destroyer Sands. In March 1941, he was assigned as a Radio and Sound Officer with Commander, Submarine Force, Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, then Territory of Hawaii, and was present during the Japanese attack on 7 December 1941.

In April 1942, Ramage received orders to USS Grenadier. That June, he was promoted to Lieutenant Commander and assumed command of USS Trout. In November, he was promoted to Commander. In June 1943, he transferred to command USS Parche. On 31 July 1944, teaming with USS Steelhead in a predawn surface attack on a Japanese convoy off Takao, Taiwan, Parche sank the Japanese transport Manko Maru and tanker Koei Maru while also damaging two other Japanese vessels. She then teamed up with her companion to sink Japanese army cargo ship Yoshino Maru. For his "conspicuous gallantry" on this occasion, Ramage was awarded the Medal of Honor. In January 1945, he was assigned to Commander Submarines, Pacific Fleet and transferred to Commander, Submarine Division Two. In August 1947, he served at the Chief of Naval Operations Office. Completing the Armed Forces Staff College at Norfolk, Virginia, he was promoted to Captain in July 1950 and reported for staff duty with Commander, Submarines, Atlantic Fleet.

In September 1951, Ramage became Commander, Submarine Squadron Six. Returning to sea in April 1953, he commanded the attack cargo ship Rankin. After instruction at the Naval War College and a brief tour with Commander, Submarine Force, Atlantic, he returned to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, where he was promoted to Rear Admiral in July 1956. In September 1958, he became Commander, Cruiser Division Two and again served at the Chief of Naval Operations until assigned as Deputy Commander, Submarine Force, Atlantic Fleet in August 1962. In July 1963, Ramage was promoted to Vice Admiral and returned to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. The following year, he became Commander, First Fleet. In August 1966, he served as Deputy Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet and Chief of Staff and Aide to the Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet. In March 1967, he was assigned as Commander Military Sea Transportation Service in Washington, D.C., until he retired from active duty in 1969 and placed on the retired list. Lawson P. Ramage died on 15 April 1990 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.

USS Ramage (DDG-61), 1995-____, is named in honor of Vice Admiral Lawson P. Ramage.

This page features the only images we have concerning Lawson P. Ramage.

Photo #: NH 106441-KN (Color)

Vice Admiral Lawson P. Ramage, USN


Photographed by PH1 E.G. Fredette, USN.

Donated by Vice Admiral Lawson P. Ramage, USN.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

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Vice Admiral Lawson P. Ramage, USN


Photographed by PH1 E.G. Fredette, USN.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, Naval History and Heritage Command collection

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Commander Lawson P. Ramage, USN


Halftone reproduction of a photograph, copied from the official publication "Medal of Honor, 1861-1949, The Navy", page 247.
Lawson P. Ramage was awarded the Medal of Honor for "conspicuous gallantry" while serving as Commanding Officer of USS Parche during a predawn attack on a Japanese convoy off Takao, Taiwan on 31 July 1944. Participating with USS Steelhead in a daring predawn surface attack on a Japanese convoy off Takao, Taiwan, he led his crew to sink the Japanese transport Manko Maru and tanker Koei Maru while also damaging two other Japanese vessels. Ramage then led his crew as she teamed up with Steelhead to sink Japanese army cargo ship Yoshino Maru.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

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Commander Lawson P. Ramage, USN


Photographed after awarded the Medal of Honor for "conspicuous gallantry" while serving as Commanding Officer of USS Parche during a predawn attack on a Japanese convoy off Takao, Taiwan, 31 July 1944.
Note the Medal of Honor ribbon underneath his "Dolphins".

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command collection

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Vice Admiral Lawson P. Ramage, USN


Photographed by PH1 W.E.G Fredette, USN, circa early 1960s.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command collection

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Vice Admiral Lawson P. Ramage, USN


Photographed was serving as Commander, Military Sea Transportation Service, Quarters "B," circa mid-1960s.
Photograph by PH1 W.E.G Fredette, USN.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, Naval History and Heritage Command collection

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Vice Admiral Lawson P. Ramage, USN


Photographed was serving as Commander, Military Sea Transportation Service, Quarters "B," circa mid-1960s.
Photograph by PH1 T. W. Williams, USN.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command collection

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Vice Admiral Lawson P. Ramage, USN


Photographed was serving as Commander, Military Sea Transportation Service, Quarters "B," circa mid-1960s.
Photograph by PH1 T. W. Williams, USN.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command collection

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Vice Admiral Lawson P. Ramage, USN


Pictured with Mr. Otto Preminger (center), and Mr. Kirk Douglas (right). The photograph was taken during the filming of "In Harm's Way" on board USS Saint Paul (CA-73), during August-September 1964.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

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Photo #: NH 106449-KN (Color)

"31 Knot Salute" Party


Held at the Washington Navy Yard in honor of Admiral Arleigh A. Burke, USN, on 24 July 1961.
Assembled Admirals (by the score):
Admiral James S. Russell, USN;
Rear Admiral Glynn R, Donaho, USN;
Vice Admiral William F. Raborn, USN;
Rear Admiral Ignatius J.Galantin, USN;
and Vice Admiral Lawson P. Ramage, USN

Donation by Admiral Arleigh A. Burke, USN, (Retired).

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

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Vice Admiral Lawson P. Ramage, USN (left),
(Commander First Fleet)
and
Admiral Roy L. Johnson, USN (right)
(Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet)

Greet each other upon Vice Admiral Ramage's first visit to San Diego, California since assuming his new command, 11 May 1965.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph.

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Reproductions may also be available at National Archives.

 


Medal of Honor citation of Commander Lawson P. Ramage, USN (as printed in the official publication "Medal of Honor, 1861-1949, The Navy", page 247):

"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. Parche in a predawn attack on a Japanese convoy, 31 July 1944. Boldly penetrating the screen of a heavily escorted convoy, Commander Ramage launched a perilous surface attack by delivering a crippling stern shot into a freighter and quickly following up with a series of bow and stern torpedoes to sink the leading tanker and damage the second one. Exposed by the light of bursting flares and bravely defiant of terrific shellfire passing close overhead, he struck again, sinking a transport by two forward reloads. In the mounting fury of fire from the damaged and sinking tanker, he calmly ordered his men below, remaining on the bridge to fight it out with an enemy now disorganized and confused. Swift to act as a fast transport closed in to ram, Commander Ramage daringly swing the stern of the speeding Parche as she crossed the bow of the onrushing ship, clearing by less than 50 feet but placing his submarine in a deadly cross-fire from escorts on all sides with the transport dead ahead. Undaunted, he sent three smashing "down-the-throat" bow shots to stop the target, then scored a killing hit as a climax to 46 minutes of violent action with the Parche and her valiant fighting company retiring victorious and unscathed. "


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