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First Name: Joseph

Last Name: Worthington

Birthplace: Annapolis, MD, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)


Middle Name: Muse

Date of Birth: 11 March 1902

Date of Death: 29 October 1986

Rank or Rate: Rear Admiral

Years Served:
Joseph Muse Worthington

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


Joseph Muse Worthington
Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy

Joseph Muse Worthington was born on 11 March 1902 in Annapolis, MD.

Worthington graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1924. He attended the Army Industrial College in 1933 and the Naval War College in 1943. After early sea duty and service as an Instructor at the Naval Academy, Worthington had duty in 1940 as Gunnery Officer of the USS Northampton, where he did experimental work in the practical use of radar in gunfire control.

In 1941, he assumed command of the Destroyer USS Benham and took part in operations at Guadalcanal and the Battle of Midway. In 1944, he was assigned to the staff of Admiral Royal E. Ingersoll, Commander-in-Chief of the Atlantic Fleet. In 1945, he took command of Destroyer Squadron 57 for duty in the North Pacific at Okinawa.

After the war, Worthington was Director of Instruction and Deputy Commandant of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces from 1946-48. He was next the Assistant for the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Armed Force from 1950-52 and U.S. Planner for the Standing Group, NATO, Secretary of Defense from 1952-54.

Worthington retired on 30 June 1954 as a Rear Admiral.

Death and Burial

Rear Admiral Joseph Muse Worthington died on 29 October 1986. He is buried at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, MD.

Honoree ID: 3244   Created by: MHOH




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