Robert Bostwick Carney – Admiral, United States Navy

Robert Bostwick Carney (1895-1990)

Born in Vallejo, California on March 26, 1895.

Graduated from Annapolis in 1916. Served aboard the Dixie and the Fanning in World War I. Instructor at Annapolis 1923-1925. Commanding Officer of the Sirius 1937-1938. In the office of the Secretary of the Navy 1938-1940.

Chief of Staff of the Support Force Atlantic Fleet 1941-1942. Commanding Officer of the Denver 1942-1943. Rear Admiral in 1942. Chief of Staff to Admiral William F. Halsey, Commander of the South Pacific Area, then Third Fleet 1943-1946.

Assignments after the war included Commander of the Second Fleet in 1950, U,S. Naval Forces in the Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean 1950-1951, Commander in Chief of NATO Forces in the Mediterranean, then NATO Forces in Southern Europe 1951-1953 and Chief of Naval Operations August 1953 until retirement as Admiral in August 1955.


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Decorations included the Navy Cross, four Distinguished Service Medals, the Legion of Merit and Bronze Star.

Died on June 25, 1990.

NOTE: The Admiral’s son, Robert Bostwick Carney, Jr, Brigadier General, United States Marine Corps, is buried in an adjacent site in Arlington National Cemetery.

Grace Craycroft Carney, 93, the wife of Robert B. Carney, a retired four-star admiral and former Chief of Naval Operations, died December 4, 1989, at her home in Washington after a heart attack.

She was a native of Aquasco, Maryland, and spent part of her youth in South Africa, where her father worked for the Armour meatpacking company. She met her future husband at a dance when he was a second classman at the U.S. Naval Academy. They became engaged in 1917 before Admiral Carney, then an Ensign, went off to war. They married in September 1918.

THE PRESIDENT of the United States takes pleasure in awarding the Distinguished Service Medal (Gold Star in lieu of Fourth Award) to


for service as set forth in the following


For exceptionally meritorious service to the Government of the United States in a duty of great responsibility as Chief of Naval Operations and Member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for a period of two years commencing 17 August 1953.

Exercising the highest quality of command leadership during this period of international tension, Admiral Carney displayed foresight and keen understanding in directing the unified commands for which he was executive agent. He greatly furthered combat readiness of Naval operating forces by insisting upon incorporating the latest scientific developments into naval construction programs.

As a Member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff he participated in the formulation of strategic plans for the defense of the United States and the establishment of policy dedicated to maintaining peace and freedom throughout the world. In this capacity he fostered and promoted the most harmonious relationships among the Services.

Admiral Carney’s contribution to the aspirations of mankind and to the Government of the United States will always reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.



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