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First Name: Harry

Last Name: Jarrett

Birthplace: Schuylkill County, PA, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)


Middle Name: Bean

Date of Birth: 12 October 1898

Date of Death: 09 April 1974

Rank or Rate: Vice Admiral

Years Served:
Harry Bean Jarrett

Graduate, U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 0

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)
•  Korean War (1950 - 1953)


Harry Bean Jarrett
Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy

Harry Bean Jarrett was born on 12 October 1898 in Schuylkill County, PA.

Jarrett graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and immediately made a six-month cruise aboard the USS Rochester, Flagship of Destroyer Squadrons, Atlantic Fleet. In June 1927 he returned to Annapolis, MD, for instructions in Diesel Engineering and received a Master of Science degree.

From 1929-32, he had submarine duty and served as Engineer and Repair Office of the Submarine Base at Coco Solo, Canal Zone. He assumed command of the USS S-14 in the Canal Zone in October 1934 and from 1935-37 was Assistant Engineer of the USS Northampton on the West Coast. He then returned to the Naval Academy where he served until December 1940 as Discipline Officer and in that tour of duty spent four months in the summer of 1938 aboard the USS New York on the Midshipmen's training cruise on the East Coast and Europe.

For a year before the outbreak of World War II and until June 1942, he commanded the USS Morris participating in the Battle of Coral Sea and Midway during the early combat period. Upon the close of World War II, Jarrett had commanded the light cruiser USS Astoria and was a member of the staff of the Training Command, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. He served as the Plans and Policy Officer under the Chief of Naval Operations and was Senior Military Attaché, Taiwan, before successive command of Destroyer Flotilla 4 and Cruiser Flotilla 4.

In 1953 he became the Deputy Inspector General, Navy Department, serving until his retirement in 1954.

Medals and Awards

Navy Cross
Silver Star Medal
Legion of Merit with Combat "Valor" Device (2 Awards)
Bronze Star Medal with Combat "Valor" Device
Victory Medal World War I
American Defense Service Medal with Bronze "A"
American Campaign Medal
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 1 Silver and 4 Bronze Stars (9 Engagements)
World War II Victory Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Philippine Liberation Ribbon with 2 Bronze Stars
Order of Cloud and Banner (Nationalist China)

Death and Burial

Vice Admiral Harry Bean Jarrett died on 9 April 1974. He is buried at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, MD.

Honoree ID: 2676   Created by: MHOH




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