b. 22/12/1888 Annapolis, Maryland. d. 21/02/1946 Norfolk, Virginia.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 21-22/04/1914 Veracruz, Mexico.
Mexican Campaign (Vera Cruz) Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He graduated 1st in the United States Naval Academy class of 1909. Besides serving in the occupation of Vera Cruz, Mexico, he also served in WWI and WWII. In WWI he was a member of the Bureau of Ordnance; here he helped to fulfill the creation of anti-submarine depth charges that were the backbone of the mission to mine the North Sea. Before WWII he served as Secretary of the General Board of the Navy. When his term expired he was promoted to Captain. In October 1941, he was named Director of the Office of Naval Intelligence. The following month he was promoted to Rear Admiral. From August 1942 until January 1943, he commanded Battleship Division 2. In January 1943, he was named Deputy Commander of the South Pacific under Admiral William F. Halsey. He continued to serve in this position until he took command of the 3rd Amphibious Force in July 1943. He later was promoted to Vice Admiral. After the war he was named to the Joint Strategic Survey Committee of the Joints Chiefs of Staff. He died unexpectantly when an auto was driven off a ferry at Norfolk, Virginia, on February 21, 1946. He also was the recipient of the Navy Distinguished Service Medal with 2 gold stars in lieu of 2 additional medals.
For distinguished conduct in battle, engagements of Vera Cruz, 21 and April 22, 1914. Ens. Wilkinson was in both days' fighting at the head of his company and was eminent and conspicuous in his conduct, leading his men with skill and courage.
BURIAL LOCATION: ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA.
Section 2, Grave 3645
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