Robert Lee Ghormley
Born: ? Died: ? Nickname: ?
USNA Graduation 1906, ranking
12th in class. As Assistant Chief of Naval Operations, Chief of the
U.S. Mission to England.
Vice-Admiral Ghormley became
Commander, South Pacific Area and South Pacific Force on 19th June 1942,
with headquarters on the Tender Argonne, first in Auckland, New Zealand,
then Nouméa, New Caledonia. Served in this post with little distinction,
even tough possibilities for distinction were present in good numbers thanks
to his command of the Guadalcanal landings, and was relieved by Vice-Admiral
William F. Halsey on 18th October 1942. Afterwards spent time in the States
on Admiral King's staff, to be appointed Commander United States Naval
Forces Germany on 15th December 1944, headquarters at Rosneath/Scotland,
then Frankfurt am Main, Germany [only 36 kilometers from where I live].
In this post, Ghormley oversaw the disarmament of German naval forces or
their disposition along the lines of the Potsdam Conference. Before his
retirement in 1947, Ghormley served shortly on the General Board.