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Ramage, Lawson Paterson (1909-1990)

Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired)


Based on 12 interviews conducted by John T. Mason, Jr., from August 1973 through June 1974. The volume contains 560 pages of interview transcript plus an index. The transcript is copyright 1975 by the U.S. Naval Institute; the interviewee has placed no restrictions on its use.


An intrepid submarine skipper in World War II, Ramage was awarded the Medal of Honor for a daring predawn surface attack while in command of the USS Parche in July 1944. He won Navy Crosses while commanding the Trout and Parche. Admiral Ramage also recalls witnessing Pearl Harbor attack while a member of the staff of Commander Submarines, Scouting Force, Pacific Fleet. After the war, he commanded a submarine division, submarine squadron and the attack transport Rankin, as well as holding staff positions and attending war colleges. He discusses his flag officer assignments, which included the following: special assistant to the CNO (Admiral Arleigh Burke); Assistant CNO for Fleet Operations and Readiness; Commander First Fleet; and Commander Military Sea Transportation Service during the Vietnam War.


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