Felix Stump

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Felix Stump
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Born (1894-12-15)December 15, 1894
Parkersburg, West Virginia
Died June 13, 1972(1972-06-13) (aged 77)
Bethesda Naval Hospital
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch Seal of the United States Department of the Navy.svg United States Navy
Years of service 1917–1958
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg Admiral
Commands held USS Langley (CV-1)
USS Lexington (CV-16)
United States Pacific Command
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Navy Cross (2)
Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit (3)
Silver Star

Felix Budwell Stump (December 15, 1894 – June 13, 1972) was an admiral in the United States Navy and Commander, United States Pacific Fleet from July 10, 1953 until July 31, 1958.

Early life and career

Stump was born in Parkersburg, West Virginia,[1] spent his early life there and was appointed to the United States Naval Academy in 1913.[2] He served in the gunboat Yorktown and as navigator aboard the cruiser Cincinnati during World War I in the Atlantic. After the war he served in the pre-dreadnought battleship Alabama. Shortly thereafter Stump attended flight training at the Naval Air Station Pensacola in 1920-1921 followed by postgraduate instruction in Aeronautical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. From 1923 to 1925 he was a Naval Flight Officer in Torpedo Squadron 2 (VT-2) "Doer Birds" of the experimental carrier Langley. He commanded the Cruiser Scouting Wing in 1928-1929 and served on the Staff of Commander Cruisers, Scouting Fleet in 1930-1931. Stump was Commanding Officer of Saratoga's Scout-Bombing Squadron 2 (VSB-2) in 1936-1937. From 1938 to 1939 he served as Navigator of Lexington (CV-2). Promoted to Commander in 1940, he served as Executive Officer of Enterprise.

World War II

At the outbreak of World War II, Stump was Commanding Officer of Langley in Manila Bay, Philippines. In January 1942 he was transferred to the Staff of the Commander in Chief, Asiatic Fleet for which he was awarded the U.S. Army's Distinguished Service Medal.

Stump was the first captain of the Lexington (CV-16) following her commission in 1943.[3]

In 1944 Stump was promoted to Rear Admiral and took command of Task Unit 52.11.2 and Carrier Division 24 embarked on the escort carrier Corregidor for operations against Saipan.

Following action at Saipan, Stump retained commanded Carrier Division 24 but was now assigned to Task Unit 77.4.2 (Taffy II). At the battles of Leyte Gulf and Samar he embarked aboard the Natoma Bay in October 1944. For his role in these battles he was awarded the Navy Cross. His flag remained on Natoma Bay through early 1945 while his sailors continued operations in the Philippines.[4]

In May 1945 he served as Chief of Naval Air Technical Training Command and kept that post until December 1948.


From December 1948 to 1951 Stump served as Commander of Naval Air Forces Atlantic Fleet during which time he was promoted to Vice Admiral. From March 1951 until June 1953, Stump served as Commander, United States Second Fleet.[5]

From July 10, 1953 to January 14, 1958, now promoted to full Admiral, he served as Commander US Pacific Command until his retirement, effective August 1, 1958. After his retirement, he was appointed to the position of Vice Chairman of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.

Stump died of cancer at Bethesda Naval Hospital in 1972.[6] The Spruance-class destroyer Stump was named in his honor.


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Naval Aviator Insignia
1st Row Navy Cross w/ Gold Star Navy Distinguished Service Medal Army Distinguished Service Medal
2nd Row Silver Star Legion of Merit w/ two Gold Stars and "V" Device Navy Presidential Unit Citation w/ two citation stars
3rd Row Navy Commendation Medal w/ Bronze Star World War I Victory Medal w/ Escort Clasp American Defense Service Medal w/ Atlantic Clasp
4th Row American Campaign Medal Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal w/ one silver and one bronze service stars World War II Victory Medal
5th Row National Defense Service Medal Philippine Defense Medal Philippine Liberation Medal w/ two bronze stars



  1. "Parkersburg, West Virginia". City-Data.com. Retrieved June 7, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "USS Stump (DD 978)". Navy Buddies.com. Retrieved 2007-08-06.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Aboard Blue Ghost again". Caller-Times. Retrieved 2007-07-30.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Task Unit 77.4.2 (Taffy II) Commander Carrier Division 24". Bosamar.com. Retrieved 2007-08-06.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "PREVIOUS COMMANDERS". United States Navy. Archived from the original on 2007-05-04. Retrieved 2007-07-30.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Time Obituaries". Time, Inc. June 26, 1972. Retrieved 2007-07-30.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

Further reading

  • Cox, Robert Jon (2010). The Battle Off Samar: Taffy III at Leyte Gulf (5th Edition). Agogeebic Press, LLC. ISBN 0-9822390-4-1.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Morison, Samuel E. (1958). History of United States Naval Operations in World War II, Leyte, June 1944 - January 1945, Volume XII. Edison, New Jersey: Castle Books. ISBN 0-7858-1313-6.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Y'Blood, William T. (1987). The Little Giants: U.S. Escort Carriers Against Japan. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 0-87021-275-3.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Wukovits, John F. (1995). Devotion to Duty, A Biography of Admiral Clifton A. F. Sprague. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-55750-944-1.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Military offices
Preceded by
Arthur W. Radford
Commander in Chief of the United States Pacific Fleet
Succeeded by
Maurice E. Curts