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First Name: David

Last Name: Jeremiah

Birthplace: Portland, OR, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)


Middle Name: Elmer

Date of Birth: 25 February 1934

Rank or Rate: Admiral

Years Served: 1956-1994
David Elmer Jeremiah

•  Vietnam War (1960 - 1973)


David Elmer Jeremiah

Admiral, U.S. Navy

David Elmer Jeremiah was born 25 February 1934 in Portland, OR.

Jeremiah earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Oregon and a Master's degree in Financial Management from George Washington University. He completed the Program for Management Development at Harvard University.

He was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy after completing Officer Candidate School in 1955. He commanded a task force, battle group and destroyer squadron in earlier tours in the Mediterranean. In October 1985 he directed the attempt to capture the hijackers of the Achille Lauro and in April 1986 led combat operations against Libya in the Gulf of Sidra.

Ashore, Jeremiah served as Director, Navy Program Planning and in financial planning positions on the staffs of the Secretary of Defense and Chief of Naval Operations.

He is a former U.S. Navy officer, who served as Vice Chairman and also Acting Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

On 1 October 1987, Jeremiah was promoted to Admiral and assigned as Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT). In 1990, he was named as Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff (VCJCS). Admiral Jeremiah served four years as Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for Generals Colin L. Powell and John M. Shalikashvili. He was a key player for both Chairmen in the transition to a post-Cold War military.

Admiral Jeremiah retired from the Navy in February 1994.

Medals and Awards

Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Navy Distinguished Service Medal (5 Awards)
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit (2 Awards)
Meritorious Service Medal (2 Awards)
Navy Achievement Medal with Combat "Valor" Device
Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun (Japan)
Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand( Kingdom of Thailand)
Order of National Security Merit (Tongil and Samil) Medal (Republic of Korea)
Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm

Other Awards and Honors

• He received the Honorary Officer of the Order of Australia (Military Division), the first foreign appointment to the order's Military Division.

• He also received the University of Oregon Pioneer Award for Distinguished Graduates.

• &Jeremiah also received the Presidential Citizens Medal presented by George H.W. Bush for the Gulf War.

In Retirement

Since his retirement from the Navy in February 1994, he has worked in the field of investment banking. He serves as partner and president of Technology Strategies & Alliances Corporation, a strategic advisory and investment banking firm engaged primarily in the aerospace, defense, telecommunications, and electronics industries. During his military career Admiral Jeremiah earned a reputation as an authority on strategic planning, financial management and the policy implications of advanced technology.

Admiral Jeremiah is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Wackenhut Services, Inc. and serves on the Boards of Directors for Geobiotics, LLC, Todd Shipyards Corporation, ManTech International Corporation and the Board of Trustees for MITRE Corporation and In-Q-Tel and advisory boards for Northrop Grumman Corporation and the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs.

In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Admiral Jeremiah serves as a member of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, the George H. Bush Presidential Library Advisory Council and a National Reconnaissance Office Advisory Panel.


He and his wife Connie live in Oakton, VA. They have two adult daughters.

Honoree ID: 565   Created by: MHOH




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