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First Name: George

Last Name: Koch


Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)


Middle Name: Price

Date of Birth: 21 June 1910

Date of Death: 17 September 1972

Rank or Rate: Rear Admiral

Years Served:
George Price Koch

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


George Price Koch
Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy

George Price Koch was born on 21 June 1910.

Koch graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1933. He was designated a Naval Aviator on 2 January 1935. His first tour of duty after completing flight school was aboard the cruiser USS Tuscaloosa followed by assignments to Torpedo Squadron Seven, Patrol Squadron Three and Patrol Bombing Squadron Seventy-Four. In 1942 and 1943 Koch commanded Headquarters Squadron Five and in 1944, after a tour of duty with the Commander-in-Chief Atlantic Fleet Staff, assumed command of the sea-plane tender USS Humbolt.

After the war, Koch served on the USS Leyte, and soon after completed the Senior Course at the Naval War College. He was next promoted to Commander and assigned as Executive Officer of Naval Air Technical Training Center, Memphis and subsequently of Naval Station, Kodiak where he served from 3 July to 6 September 1951. In the mid-1950s, he was given assignments to the Staff, Commander Fleet Air Wings Atlantic and the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. Koch was then made Commanding Officer, Naval Air Station Barbers Point, and reported in 1957 as Chief of Staff to Commander Fleet Air Wing, Quonset.

In 1958 Koch became Commander Fleet Air Wing Three and his next command would be as Commander of Naval Air Station, Norfolk. After his promotion to Rear Admiral, he commanded Carrier Division Eighteen, Fleet Air Wings, U.S. Atlantic Fleet with additional duty as Commander Fleet Air Wing Five, and in 1963 became Chief of Naval Air Reserve Training. In 1965 Koch assumed command of carrier Division Six, and his last assignment was as the Commandant of the Fifteenth Naval District.

Death and Burial

Rear Admiral George Price Koch died on 17 September 1972. He is buried at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, MD.

Honoree ID: 2720   Created by: MHOH




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