Harold Stark

SurnameStark
Given NameHarold
Born12 Nov 1880
Died20 Aug 1972
CountryUnited States
CategoryMilitary-Sea
GenderMale

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Harold Stark Timeline

1 Aug 1939 Admiral Harold Stark was appointed Chief of Naval Operations of the United States Navy.
22 Sep 1939 Chief of Naval Operations Harold Stark ordered US Navy Scouting Force (under Adolphus Andrews) to move from California, United States to Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii.
17 Jun 1940 US Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Harold R. Stark asked for US$4,000,000,000 to construct a "Two-Ocean Navy".
27 Jan 1941 US Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Harold Stark ordered the 3rd Defense Battalion of the US Marine Corps to Midway, 1st Defense Battalion to Johnston and Palmyra, and 6th Defense Battalion to Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.
23 Jun 1941 US Navy Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Harold Stark ordered the 1st Defense Battalion of the Fleet Marine Force of the US Marine Corps to be established at Wake Island as soon as possible.
17 Oct 1941 Harold Stark informed Husband Kimmel that in his personal opinion that while he expected Japan to take action some time in the near future, an attack on Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii was not likely.
27 Nov 1941 US Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Harold Stark warned commanders of Pacific and Asiatic Fleets that attacks on Malaya, Philippine Islands, and Dutch East Indies were now a possibility.
29 Nov 1941 US Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Harold Stark directed that defense recommendations made by Major Alfred R. Pefley was to be implemented immediately, consisting mostly of the construction of defensive gun positions on various Pacific islands.
9 Mar 1942 Admiral Harold Stark, formerly the American Chief of Naval Operations, was appointed as Commander of the United States Naval Forces in European waters with his headquarters in London, England, United Kingdom.

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Rear Admiral Harold Stark with the commanders of his Cruiser Divisions and ships, probably aboard USS Honolulu, circa 1939Religious service on board HMS Prince of Wales during Atlantic Charter Conference, Placentia Bay, Newfoundland, 10 Aug 1941; note Roosevelt, Churchill, King, Marshall, Dill, Stark, and Pound in presence; USS Arkansas in backgroundRoosevelt and Churchill at the Atlantic Charter Conference, Placentia Bay, Newfoundland, 10-12 Aug 1941; Hopkins, Harriman, King, Marshall, Dill, Stark, and Pound behind themKnox with Admirals Yarnell (retired), Stark, and Richardson, 1940s
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1. Commenter identity confirmed Alan Chanter says:
23 Jul 2016 07:47:46 AM

In 1916 Harold Stark had been the US Navy liaison officer on board the flagship HMS Iron Duke during the Battle of Jutland. A fellow shipmate and a good friend was a certain young British Lieutenant, Prince Albert (as he was known then), Duke of York. Thirty years later, during another war, in the run up to D-Day, a report landed on his desk at 20 Grosvenor Square indicating a potential problem concerning the important Mulberry Harbour. Admiral Stark, by-passing normal channels, went straight to the one man who he knew could cut through all Red Tape, both military and civilian - his old Iron Duke friend - now King George VI. Even Churchill could not refuse a request from his own monarch and the problem was quickly and efficiently resolved without further difficulty.

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Rear Admiral Harold Stark with the commanders of his Cruiser Divisions and ships, probably aboard USS Honolulu, circa 1939
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