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First Name: Lee

Last Name: Baggett Jr.

Birthplace: Oxford, MS, US

Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)


Home of Record: Oxford, MS
Middle Name: J.

Date of Birth: 11 January 1927

Date of Death: 10 August 1999

Rank or Rate: Admiral

Years Served: 1950-1988
Lee J. Baggett Jr.

Graduate, U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1950

•  Korean War (1950 - 1953)
•  Vietnam War (1960 - 1973)


Lee Baggett, Jr.
Admiral U.S. Navy

Lee Baggett, Jr. was born on 11 January 1927.

He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with the Class of 1950 and was commissioned as an Ensign in the Navy.

Baggett served as Executive Officer in the destroyer USS O'Brien (DD-975), followed by a tour as Operations Officer in the nuclear-powered guided-missile cruiser USS Long Beach.

He commanded the guided-missile cruiser USS Reeves (1972-73), the destroyer USS Decatur and two minesweepers. As a Rear Admiral he served as Manager, Anti-Submarine Warfare Systems Project in the Naval Material Command from August 1975 to October 1977.

He served as Chief of Staff, Sixth Fleet and Director of Naval Warfare in Chief of Naval Operations. His other assignments included Commander Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet from May 1979 through July 1982.

On 30 May 1985, Baggett was promoted to the four-star rank of Admiral and assigned as Commander-in- Chief, U.S. Naval Forces Europe (CINCUSNAVEUR) and Commander-in-Chief, Allied Forces Southern Europe (CINCSOUTH). In late 1985, he became Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic (SACLANT) and Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Atlantic Command (USCINCLANT).

Admiral Baggett retired from the Navy in 1988.

A gentleman from the South, Lee made his mark as a leader by caring for those under his command. He received a Master's degree in Physics at Naval Postgraduate School and the University of California Berkeley.

Medals and Awards

Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Navy Distinguished Service Medal (2 Awards)
Legion of Merit


His wife was Doris Sue Baggett.

Death and Burial

Admiral Lee Baggett Jr. died on 10 August 1999. He is buried at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, C, Plot CBE, 1, 48.

Honoree ID: 455   Created by: MHOH




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