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First Name: Homer

Last Name: Wallin

Birthplace: Washburn, ND, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)


Middle Name: Norman

Date of Birth: 06 December 1893

Date of Death: 06 March 1984

Rank or Rate: Vice Admiral

Years Served:
Homer Norman Wallin

Graduate, U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1917

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


Homer Norman Wallin
Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy

Homer Norman Wallin was born on 6 December 1893 in Washburn, ND.

Following brief attendance at the University of North Dakota and a year in the North Dakota National Guard, he was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy in 1913. He graduated in March 1917 and was commissioned in the rank of Ensign. During most of the First World War, he served in the battleship USS New Jersey (BB-16). In September 1918, he was transferred to the Navy's Construction Corps and was sent to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for postgraduate education in Naval Architecture.

After receiving his Master of Science degree in 1921, Wallin served for four years at the New York Navy Yard. He was assigned to the Bureau of Construction and Repair in Washington, DC, in 1925-29. Over the following decade, he had successive tours at the Mare Island and Philadelphia Navy Yards and at the Bureau of Construction and Repair (re-designated the Bureau of Ships in 1940).

In 1941, Captain Wallin became Material Officer for Commander, Battle Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, and was serving in that position when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. Early in the following year, he was placed in charge of the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard's Salvage Division. Through most of 1942, he directed the Pearl Harbor ship salvage effort, a huge task that enabled the Navy to recover the use of three sunken battleships. From November 1942 to August 1943, he was Force Maintenance Officer for the South Pacific Force, then spent a few months at the Bureau of Ships. Rear Admiral Wallin was Supervisor of Shipbuilding and Inspector of Ordnance at Seattle and Commander of the Naval Station at Tacoma, WA, beginning in October 1943.

Following World War II, Wallin commanded the Philadelphia and Norfolk Naval Shipyards. In February 1951, he became Chief of the Bureau of Ships, a post he held until August 1953, when he took command of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. He retired from active service on 1 May 1955 and was simultaneously advanced to the rank of Vice Admiral on the basis of his combat awards.

Death and Burial

Vice Admiral Homer Norman Wallin died on 6 March 1984 in Portland, OR. He is buried at the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Honoree ID: 3186   Created by: MHOH




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