Arthur Philip Fairfield
Vice Admiral, United States Navy
Admiral Arthur Phillip Fairfield (29 October 1877-1946) was an officer
in the United States Navy.
Born in Saco, Maine, his commands included the destroyers McDougal (DD-54), 1915-1917 and Gregory (DD-82) in 1918. Fairfield commanded a special squadron in 1936 to rescue American nationals from the Spanish Civil War. In 1939, he took command of Battleship Division Three of the United States Fleet.
He was awarded the Navy Cross for his service
in command of McDougal.
ARTHUR PHILIP FAIRFIELD, for two years a member
of the Class of 1899, later a graduate of the United States Naval Academy;
a distinguished officer at the outbreak of the World War in command of
the destroyer McDougal attached to the First Naval Division taking part
in the conflict, whose Commander when asked by the British Admiral how
soon he could be ready for active service gave the world famous reply,
“We are ready now, sir”; recipient of the Navy Cross for distinguished
service in operations in the war zone; Assistant Chief of Staff to the
Commander-in-Chief of the United States Naval forces in European waters;
for some time able and popular instructor in the Naval Academy at Annapolis;
brave, modest, and loyal representative of that branch of the service that
the State of Maine particularly delights to honor; Captain in the United
States Navy. Honoris Causa, MASTER OF ARTS
Fairfield, Arthur Philip
Commander, U.S. Navy
Commanding Officer, U.S.S. McDougal
Date Of Action: September 8, 1918
The Navy Cross is awarded to Commander Arthur
Philip Fairfield, U.S. Navy, for distinguished service in the line of his
profession as commanding officer of the U.S.S. McDougal, operating in the
war zone and protecting vitally important convoys of troop and cargo ships
through the area of submarine activity, and for prompt and efficient action
in contact on September 8 with a submarine which attempted an attack upon
WASHINGTON, December 15, 1946 – Vice Admiral Arthur Philip Fairfield, formerly Assistant Chief of Naval Operations, died yesterday in the Bethesda, Maryland, Naval Medical Center of a heart ailment aggravated by pneumonia. His age was 69.
Born in Saco, Maine, the officer who had retired from active duty in 1941, was recalled during the recent war to serve as an adviser to the Maritime Commission.
He leaves a widow, Mrs. Nancy Duval Fairfield, and a brother George A. Fairfield of Mineola, Long Island.
A general service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery on Tuesday.
After two years at Bowdoin College, Vice Admiral Fairfield left to become a Naval Cadet and, in that capacity, he served on USS Columbia in the war with Spain. In 1901 he received a degree from Annapolis. In the First World War he commanded the McDougal and the Gregory and was on Admiral Sims’ staff at Queenstown.
The Vice Admiral was sent to Europe in 1936
in command of a squadron, composed of the cruiser Raleigh and the destroyers
Claxton and Manley, to assist in the evacuation of American refugees from
Photo Courtesy of Russell C. Jacobs, July 2007
FAIRFIELD, NANCY DOUGLAS WID OF FAIRFIELD, ARTHUR PHILIP
DATE OF BIRTH: 10/31/1874
DATE OF DEATH: 04/12/1947
BURIED AT: SECTION 2 SITE 4935
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
WIFE OF AP FAIRFIELD, VICE ADMIRAL USN RET
Posted: 1December 2006 Updated: 7 July 2007