Paul Frederick Foster
Vice Admiral, United States Navy
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Born in Wichita, Kansas, on March 25, 1889, he graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1911. He married Isabele de la V. Lowe, September 8, 1916. They had one son, Paul Lowe Foster, Captain, United States Navy.

PF Foster USNA PHOTO
United States Naval Academy Photo

He was commissioned Ensign in 1911 and advanced through the grades in the regular Navy until his resignation as a Lieutenant Commander in 1929. He then was engaged in business and enginering in New York City, 1929-39. He surveyed resources of the Galapagos Islands for the Pacific Development Company in 1941.

He was then recalled to active duty in 1941 and conducted naval inspections for President Franklin Roosevelt, 1942-43. He served as Assistant Naval Inspector General, 1943-46 and retired as a Vice Admiral, United States Navy Reserve in October 1946.

He then served as Vice President, Mandel Brothers, Inc., Chicago, 1946-1950; then with the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Washington, D.C., until 1954. He was with the Atomic Energy Commission, 1954-59, serving as Deputy General Manager in 1959. He was U.S. Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, 1959-61.

He earned the Medal of Honor while serving as an Ensign at Vera Cruz, Mexico, on April 22-22, 1914, the Medal being issued in accordance with General Orders 177, December 5, 1915. He also received the Navy Cross, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit and the Navy Commendation Medal.

He died on January 30, 1972 and was buried in Section 5 of Arlington National Cemetery.


FOSTER, PAUL FREDERICK

Rank and organization: Ensign, U.S. Navy. Place and date: Vera Cruz, Mexico, 21 and 22 April 1914. Entered service at: Kansas. Birth: Wichita, Kansas. G.O. No.: 177, 4 December 1915.

Citation:

For distinguished conduct in battle, engagements of Vera Cruz, 21 and 22 April 1914. In both days' fighting at the head of his company, Ens. Foster was eminent and conspicuous in his conduct, leading his men with skill and courage.


Paul F. Foster Gravesite PHOTO
Photo courtesy of Raymond L. Collins

PF Foster Gravesite PHOTO
Photo courtesy of Russell C. Jacobs, March 2006

FOSTER, PAUL
VADM USNR
DATE OF BIRTH: 03/25/1889
DATE OF DEATH: 01/30/1972
BURIED AT: SECTION 5  SITE 106
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

FOSTER, ISABELLE L
DATE OF BIRTH: 01/15/1892
DATE OF DEATH: 08/05/1981
BURIED AT: SECTION 5  SITE 106
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
  WIFE OF FOSTER, PAUL, VADM   US NAVY

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