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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. 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 World War Two Admin. History #116."

Published: Wed Jun 01 10:32:32 EDT 2022