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Commanding Officer
USS KALININ BAY (CVE 68)
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U.S. Navy photograph

FROM BILL LONG OF THE USS KALININ BAY ASSOCIATION

Captain Thomas Binney Williamson, U.S. Navy

 

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navycross.jpg Navy Cross
CAR.jpg Combat Action Ribbon
PUC.jpg Presidential Unit Citation
ADM.jpg American Defense Service Medal
ACM.jpg American Campaign Medal
APCM.jpg Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
WW2VM.jpg World War II Victory Medal
national_defense_SM.jpg National Defense Service Medal
PPUC.jpg Philippine Presidential Unit Citation
PLM.jpg Philippine Liberation Medal
Award Criteria

 

RANK DATES DUTY STATION/EVENT
- 1901 Born in Edwardsville, Illinois
MIDN 1923 Graduated from U.S. Naval Academy
? ? Student at Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida
ENS    
LTJG    
LT 1934-1936 CO, Reserve Aviation Division Saint Louis 
LCDR 1939-1940 CO, VS-41 (18 VSB) in USS RANGER (CV-4), Atlantic Squadron
LCDR 1941 CO, USS RANGER (CV-4) Air Group
CDR    
CAPT 1943-1945 CO, USS KALININ BAY (CVE 68) w/TU 77.4.3 at Samar
CAPT    
CAPT 1947-1949 CO, USS FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (CV-42) 
     
RADM 1952 CTF 72 in USS SALISBURY SOUND (AV-13)
RADM 1953 CTF 72 in USS PINE ISLAND (AV-12)
     
VADM Retired from Naval Service
- 1982 Died at


Short biography of
Vice Admiral Thomas Binney Williamson, U.S. Navy

 

Thomas Binney Williamson was born on January 9, 1902 in Edwardsville, Illinois, his hometown.

Graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with the Class of 1923.

He attended Naval Flight School at Naval Air Station Pensacola and was designated Naval Aviator #3297.

LT Reserve Aviation Division Saint Louis  1 Jul 1934 to 1 July 1936

LCDR VS-41 (18 VSB) 1939 - 1940 in RANGER CV-4 Atlantic Squadron, US Fleet

LCDR Ranger Air Group 1941

CO, USS KALININ BAY (CVE 68) at Samar.  Awarded Navy Cross and Presidential Unit Citation.

CO, USS FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (CV-42)  1947-1949

On September 8, 1952 Rear Admiral Williamson broke his flag USS SALISBURY SOUND (AV-13) at Buckner Bay as Commander Task Force Seventy-Two. The Mariner planes of Patrol Squadron Forty came to base aboard, temporarily, on September 10th for repairs and service, and Salisbury Sound arrived at Keelung, Formosa, October 8, 1952.  While in that port on October 11th, Rear Admiral Williamson held conference on board with the Honorable Karl Ranking, United States Minister to China; and Major General Chase, Chief of the Military Assistance Advisory Group.  After visits to Takao, Formosa (October 20-22) and Hong Kong (October 23-28), she commenced tending Mariners of Patrol Squadron Forty at Buckner Bay.  She got underway from the latter port on November 30th to base at Subic Bay in the Philippine Islands (December 3-20), then touched at Kaohsiung, Formosa (December 22nd) before resuming operations at Buckner Bay on the 24th.  On February 28, 1953 the Mariner planes of Patrol Squadron Forty were relieved by planes of Patrol Squadron Forty-Six.  Commander Task Force Seventy-Two transferred his flag to USS PINE ISLAND (AV-12) on 7 March and detachments of Patrol Squadron Forty-Two also left the Salisbury Sound for that seaplane tender. That same day Task Force Seventy-Two was established as the Formosa Patrol Force under Rear Admiral Williamson in Pine Island.

Retired as a Vice Admiral.

He was married to ????.

He died in ???? on November 29, 1982.

Source:  Robert Jon Cox independent research