James Charles Dempsey – Rear Admiral, United States Navy

Born at Eastport, Maine, on August 30, 1901, he graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1931. He married Audrey Emanuel. He was commissioned Ensign and advanced through the grades to Rear Admiral. Commander, Submarine S-37, Pacific Theater of Operations, 1942. Served in numerous command positions, including Commander, Military Sea Transport Service, Atlantic, Brooklyn, New York.

He retired from active duty in 1970. He received the Navy Cross with Gold Star, as well as the Legion of Merit with two Gold Stars, and the Bronze Star. As commander of the submarine USS Spearfish, he rescued the last Americans before the fall of Corregidor, Philippine Islands, in World War II, an evacuation which was later fictionalized in the movie “Operation Petticoat.”

He died on July 9, 1979 and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.



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