Rank Insignia Previous Honoree ID Next Honoree ID

honoree image
First Name: Arthur

Last Name: Struble

Birthplace: Portland, OR, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)


Middle Name: Dewey

Date of Birth: 28 June 1894

Date of Death: 01 May 1983

Rank or Rate: Admiral

Years Served: 1915-1956
Arthur Dewey Struble

Graduate, U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1915

•  World War I (1914 - 1918)
•  World War II (1941 - 1945)
•  Korean War (1950 - 1953)


Arthur Dewey Struble

Admiral, U.S. Navy

Arthur Dewey Struble was born on 28 June 1894 in Portland, OR. Following graduation from high school in Portland, he entered the U.S. Naval Academy in 1911 and was commissioned with the rank of Ensign in June 1915.

Over the next six years, Struble served in two cruisers, a supply ship, and three destroyers. In 1921-23, Struble was an instructor at the Naval Academy, and then served in the battleship USS California (BB-44) until 1925, when he was assigned to the Battle Fleet staff. From 1927 until 1940, he served twice in Navy Department billets; twice on seagoing Flag Staffs, in USS New York (BB-34) and USS Portland (CA-33), and at the 12th Naval District. In 1940-41, he was Executive Officer of USS Arizona (BB-39). Captain Struble next commanded the light cruiser USS Trenton (CL-11) in the Pacific.

Leaving Trenton in May 1942, Struble had duty in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations until late 1943, when he became Chief of Staff to Rear Admiral Alan G. Kirk, who was responsible for U.S. Navy participation in the Normandy Invasion of June 1944. Rear Admiral Struble was assigned to command a Seventh Fleet amphibious group in August 1944, and participated in the invasion of Leyte the following October. Over the next several months, he commanded or participated in landing operations at Ormoc Bay, Mindoro, Luzon and elsewhere in the Philippines. In September 1945, following the end of the Pacific war, Struble commanded the Pacific Fleet's mine force as it began the long process of clearing mines from the former combat zone. He commanded the Amphibious Force, Pacific Fleet, during 1946-48.

Promoted to Vice Admiral in April 1948, Struble served for two years as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations. In May 1950, he took command of the Seventh Fleet, leading that force through the difficult first year of the Korean War, including the landings at Inchon and Wonsan.

For a year, beginning in March 1951, Vice Admiral Struble was Commander, First Fleet, then served briefly with the Joint Chiefs of Staff before being assigned successively to head the U.S. Naval and U.S. Military delegations to the United Nations' Military Staff Committee. From June 1955, he was Commander Eastern Sea Frontier and Commander Atlantic Reserve Fleet.

Upon his retirement in July 1956, he was advanced in rank to four-star Admiral. *

* The Act of Congress of 4 March 1925, allowed Navy officers to be promoted one grade upon retirement if they had been specially commended for performance of duty in actual combat. These promotions were colloquially known as "tombstone promotions" because they conferred the prestige of the higher rank but not the additional retirement pay, so their only practical benefit was to allow recipients to engrave a loftier title on their business cards and tombstones. An Act of Congress on 23 February 1942, enabled tombstone promotions to three- and four-star grades.

Death and Burial

Admiral Arthur D. Struble died on 1 May 1983 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.

Honoree ID: 659   Created by: MHOH




Honoree Photos

honoree imagehonoree imagehonoree image

honoree imagehonoree image

honoree image