Robert Dennison (United States Navy officer)

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Robert Dennison (United States Navy officer) : biography

April 13, 1901 – March 14, 1980

Admiral Robert Lee Dennison (April 13, 1901 – March 14, 1980) was an American naval officer and aide to President Harry Truman.ROBERT L. DENNISON PAPERS The Truman Library

Early life

Dennison was born in Warren, Pennsylvania, and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1923. He later received a doctorate in engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

U.S. Navy career

He held numerous commands in the United States Navy, including submarines, destroyers, and the U.S.S. Missouri. Truman twice sailed on the Missouri while Dennison commanded it.Oral History The Truman Library

He was a naval aide, when a Rear Admiral, to Harry S Truman from 1948 to 1953.

As a naval aide, along with others, won Truman’s support for Dennison’s classmate, Arleigh Burke, later Chief of Naval Operations, whose views at the time had nearly ruined his career.

He was the Commander in Chief of the United States Atlantic Fleet (CINCLANTFLT) and United States Atlantic Command (CINCLANT) from February 28, 1960 to April 30, 1963.COMUSFLTFORCOM History USSF While in charge of the Atlantic forces, he was given the duty of blockading Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

He died of a pulmonary embolism in 1980 at the Bethesda Naval Hospital.