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John Wilkes
Vice Admiral, United States Navy
Born May 26, 1895, the great-grandson of Rear Admiral Charles Wilkes, he graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1916. He married Winifred Jarvis and had one son, John.

He advanced through the grades to Rear Admiral in 1943. Stationed in the Pacific at the outbreak of World War II. He escaped from Corregidor aboard the submarine USS Swordfish and then re-assembled the U.S. underseas forces from a base in Java. 

He used the submarine experience that he gained in World War I and thereafter. He took part in the invasion of Sicily and in 1944 assumed command of U.S. posts and bases in France. His most notable achievement however was the training of a 4,000 unit landing-craft force for the Normandy invasion on D-Day (June 6, 1944). 

He served in the postwar occupation of Germany and retired from the Navy in 1951. He spent his summers at Groton, Connecticut, where he once served as Commander of U.S. Atlantic Submarines. He spent his winters at a home in Virginia. 

He died at the Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland, on July 20, 1957. He had been ill for several months. He was buried in Section 30 of Arlington National Cemetery. His wife, Winifred Jarvis Wilkes, is buried with him.

John Wilkes Gravesite PHOTO
Photo Courtesy of Russell C. Jacobs, July 2007

WILKES, JOHN 
 V/ARM USN 
 VETERAN SERVICE DATES: Unknown 
 DATE OF BIRTH: 05/26/1895 
 DATE OF DEATH: 07/20/1957 
 DATE OF INTERMENT: 07/24/1957 
 BURIED AT: SECTION 30  SITE 1809 
 ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY


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