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First Name: George

Last Name: Bahm

Birthplace: Philadelphia, PA, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)


Middle Name: Henry

Date of Birth: 20 July 1900

Date of Death: 16 April 1999

Rank or Rate: Rear Admiral

Years Served:
George Henry Bahm

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


George Henry Bahm
Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy

George Henry Bahm was born on 20 July 1900 in Philadelphia, PA. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1921.

Bahm served his country in peace and war for 33 years. He distinguished himself on two tours of sea duty in the Pacific during World War II. He was Commanding Officer of the USS Dixie, a destroyer tender, and the cruiser USS San Juan, the first ship to reach Japan after the surrender on a mission to liberate American and Allied prisoners of war.

He also served in the War Plans Section of the Combined Chiefs of Staff in Washington and participated in the Quebec and Cairo Conferences of the Big Three.

Rear Admiral Bahm retired from the Navy in 1950.

Bahm was the recipient of two awards of the Legion of Merit.

In Retirement

After his retirement, Bahm and his wife, Beatrice, settled in West Yarmouth, MA, and he embarked on a second career; working in Labor Relations with Stop & Shop supermarkets.


Bahm played golf at Cummaquid Golf Club until the age of 90. He was also a skilled woodworker and restored antique furniture. He was a lifelong student of Naval History and, at age 32, he wrote a thesis on British Naval Strategy in World War I.

He was a life member of Frankford Lodge 292, F&AM in Philadelphia.

Death and Burial

Rear Admiral George Henry Bahm died on 16 April 1999 at Mayflower Nursing Home in West Yarmouth, MA. He was 98. His remains were cremated and interred at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Beatrice, in 1988; her remains were also cremated and interred with her husband. Bahm is survived by a son, George Christopher; and a brother, Walter.

Honoree ID: 2090   Created by: MHOH




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