|Robert L. Dennison|
Admiral Robert L. Dennison
|Born||April 13, 1901|
|Died||March 14, 1980(aged 78)|
|Place of birth||Warren, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|Place of death||Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Commands held||U.S. Atlantic Fleet|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
|Awards||Navy Distinguished Service Medal|
Dennison was born in Warren, Pennsylvania, and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1923. He later received a doctorate in engineering from Johns Hopkins University.
He held numerous commands in the United States Navy, including submarines, destroyers, and the U.S.S. Missouri. Truman twice sailed on the Missouri while Dennison commanded it. He was a naval aide, to Harry S Truman from 1948 to 1953.
Arleigh Burke a former classmate of Dennison's who would one day become Chief of Naval Operations, found his career on the brink of ruin, following the Revolt of the Admirals. At the request of Dennison, Truman became involved. As a result, Burke's career stayed on track.
He was the Commander in Chief of the United States Atlantic Fleet (CINCLANTFLT) and United States Atlantic Command (CINCLANT) from February 28, 1960, to April 30, 1963. While in charge of the Atlantic forces, he was given the duty of blockading Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
- World War II
- U.S. Atlantic Fleet
- ROBERT L. DENNISON PAPERS Collected Papers and biographical sketch The Truman Library
- Oral History Oral History Interviews with Admiral Robert L. Dennison The Truman Library
- COMUSFLTFORCOM History A Brief History Of The U.S. Fleet Forces Command USSF
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