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Capt. R. H. Lockwood
June, 1967 -- November, 1967

Capt. R. H. Lockwood

Capt. Ralph Huntington Lockwood was born June 20, 1916 in Glendale, Calif. and graduated from Herbert Hoover High School there.

He attended the Naval Academy and was commssioned an ensign in June, 1938 and immediately received orders to the cruiser USS Minneapolis, where he served as deck and signal officer. He next served on the estroyer USS Mustin as communications, commissary and assistant engineering officer, prior to reporting to the Navy Submarine School, New London, Conn.

His first submarine duty was on USS S-33 as torpedo and gunnery officer. In November, 1941, then Lt. j.g. Lockwood was transferred to the submarine USS Gato where he served until August, 1943. While aboard this boat, he attained he rank of lieutenant commander and was awarded the Silver Star Medal, the Bronze Star Medal and a Presidential Unit Citation.

He next served as executive officer and later commanding officer of the submarine USS Guavina from August, 1943 to December, 1945. For duty on board Guavina, he was awarded two Silver Stars and a Second Bronze Star.

uring his service in the Pacific, he particpated in nine successful submarine war patrols. He was promoted to the rank of commander in November, 1945.

Post-war duties included a stint as division commander of Submarine Reserve Group, Mare Island, San Francksco. In March, 1947, he assumed command of the submarine USS Queenfish and maintained this position until August, 1949. At that time, he was transferred to the Plans and Operations Department of the Navla Hydrographic Office in Washington, D.C., where he served as anti-submarine warfare liaison officer until July, 1951.

He completed studies at the Armed Forces Staff College in January, 1952 and was assigned to operations and ordnance duties on the staff of commander, Submarine Squadron One. In June, 1954, he assumed command of Submarine Division 72.

As head of the advanced tactical department and later as assistant officer-in-charge, he served at the Naval Submarine School, New London, Conn. from July, 1954 to July, 1956.

In July, 1957, after completing eight months of studies at the National War College, he was promoted to captain. At that time, he was serving as assistant chief of staff for operations and plans on the staff of commander, Submarine Force, Atlantic.

From July, 1959 until August, 1960, he was commanding officer of the submarine tender, USS Fulton.

Following Fulton, he was on the staff of Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, D.C.

Capt. Lockwood served as chief of the Western Division of Estimates of the Defense Intelligence Agency in WAshington, D.C. for eight months ending in August, 1962. He then became commander, Submarine Squadron Five, the post he held before becoming commanding officer, Recruit Training Command, San Diego. On June 2, 1967, Capt. Lockwood became commander, NTC. He retired from the Navy on Feb. 1, 1968.

In addition to his three Silver Stars and two Bronze Stars, Capt. Lockwood also received the American Defense Service Medal (one star); the American Theater Medal (one star); the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (five stars); the Philippine Defense Theater (one star); the Philippine Liberation Medal (one star); the Victory Medal, World War II; the Navy Occupation Medal; and the National Defense Service Medal (one star).

Capt. Lockwood was married to the former Anne Lynd in 1940. He had five children -- Philip, Christine, Jeffrey, Kathleen and David. No further information is available after 1968. If you have any information on Capt. Lockwood, please contact the webmaster.

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