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First Name: Albert

Last Name: Mumma

Birthplace: Findlay, OH, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)


Middle Name: G.

Date of Birth: 02 June 1906

Date of Death: 15 July 1997

Rank or Rate: Rear Admiral

Years Served:
Albert G. Mumma

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


Albert G. Mumma
Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy

Albert G. Mumma was born on 2 June 1906 in Findlay, OH. He was the son of a U.S. Army Colonel, and as a result received his early education at Army facilities in Iowa, Texas, the Philippines, Washington, DC, and graduated from Iowa High School in Iowa City in 1922.

Mumma graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1926. After graduation, he first served at sea as Chief Engineer aboard the Destroyer USS Clark then the light Cruiser USS Richmond, the armored Cruiser USS Seattle and the aircraft carrier, USS Saratoga. He continued his education with Advanced Courses in Naval Engineering at the Naval Postgraduate School at the Naval Academy.

At the start of World War II, he was in charge of propeller research, design and production for the Navy. He next joined a top secret mission for the Manhattan Project, the wartime effort to design and build the first atomic bomb. His assignment was to determine what progress Germany was making in developing nuclear weapons. He later served with Naval Intelligence in Europe.

After World War II, he was attached to the Bureau of Ships as Head of Machinery Design and Deputy Coordinator of Nuclear Matters, an assignment that made him responsible for the early development of nuclear powered submarines. In 1955, Mumma became Chief of the Bureau of Ships. While in charge of the Bureau, the Navy increased their production of nuclear powered submarines including larger and swifter models. Included in this buildup were the Triton, the first Polaris missile-firing submarine, and a surface fleet that included a nuclear powered aircraft carrier.

Mumma retired from the Navy in 1971.

In Retirement

After retiring, Mumma was appointed by President Nixon as Chairman of the American Shipbuilding Commission, which studied and sent recommendations to the President and Congress in 1972 on how to improve construction for the U.S. Merchant Marine. 

Death and Burial

Rear Admiral Albert G. Mumma died on 15 July 1997 in Gladwyne, PA. He is buried at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, MD.

Honoree ID: 2889   Created by: MHOH




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