Charles R. Larson

Charles Robert Larson (November 20, 1936 – July 26, 2014) was an Admiral of the United States Navy.

Charles R. Larson
Adm Charles R Larson - official portrait, Superintendent of US Naval Academy
Admiral Charles Larson as superintendent of the US Naval Academy
BornNovember 20, 1936
Sioux Falls, South Dakota, U.S.
DiedJuly 26, 2014 (aged 77)
Annapolis, Maryland, U.S.
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service1958–1998
UnitUSS Sculpin (SSN-590) (XO)
USS Halibut (SSN-587) (CO)
Commander, Submarine Development Group One
Commands heldSuperintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy
U.S. Pacific Command
AwardsDefense Distinguished Service Medal
Navy Distinguished Service Medal (7)
Legion of Merit (3)
Bronze Star
Presidential Service Badge
Other workBoard of Directors, Northrop Grumman
Political candidate

Military career

A 1958 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Larson twice served as Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He also served as Commander in Chief, United States Pacific Command (CINCPAC). His classmates at the Academy included future U.S. Senator John McCain and Vice Admiral John Poindexter.

After graduation from the Naval Academy in 1958, Larson reported to NAS Pensacola, Florida, to enter flight training. Upon his completion, as a Naval Aviator, he reported to Attack Squadron 176 (VA-176) aboard the aircraft carrier USS Shangri-La (CVA-38), where he served until April 1963 in flying the A-1H Skyraider.

Opting to leave Naval Aviation and to transfer to the Submarine Service, he commenced nuclear power training in 1963 and then reported to the USS Nathan Hale (SSBN-623), where he qualified in submarines. His next tours of duty were on USS Nathanael Greene (SSBN-636) and USS Bergall (SSN-667).

He was the first naval officer selected as a White House Fellow and served his fellowship in 1968 as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Interior. From 1969 to 1971, he served as Naval Aide to the President of the United States. He reported back to sea duty as executive officer of the nuclear attack submarine USS Sculpin (SSN-590). Then from 1973 to 1976, he served as commanding officer of the nuclear attack submarine USS Halibut (SSN-587). In 1976, Larson assumed duties as Commander, Submarine Development Group ONE in San Diego, California, in which he headed the Navy's worldwide deep submergence program.[1]

He was promoted to four-star rank in February 1990 upon being assigned as Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet, the Navy component commander in the Pacific Theater. After one year in the position, he was nominated by the President, and assumed duties, as Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Command.

Awards and decorations

Submarine Officer badge
Silver Deterrent Patrol badge
1 golden star.svg1 golden star.svg
Defense Distinguished Service Medal ribbon Navy Distinguished Service Medal ribbon1 golden star.svgAward-star-silver-3d.png Legion of Merit ribbon1 golden star.svg1 golden star.svg
Bronze Star Medal ribbon Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal ribbon Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal ribbon
Bronze star
U.S. Navy Unit Commendation ribbon
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation ribbon Navy Expeditionary Medal ribbon
Bronze star
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal ribbon
Vietnam Service Medal ribbonBronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.png Navy and Marine Corps Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon Vietnam gallantry cross unit award-3d VNCivilActionsRibbon-2
JPN Kyokujitsu-sho blank BAR Order of the Crown of Thailand - 1st Class (Thailand) ribbon Ordre national du Merite Chevalier ribbon
Naval Aviator Badge
US - Presidential Service Badge
Submarine Warfare insignia
Silver SSBN Deterrent Patrol insignia with two gold stars
Defense Distinguished Service Medal Navy Distinguished Service Medal with one gold and one silver award stars Legion of Merit with two award stars
Bronze Star Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
Navy Unit Commendation with one bronze service star Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Navy Expeditionary Medal
National Defense Service Medal with two service stars Vietnam Service Medal with two service stars Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation Vietnam Civil Actions Medal Unit Citation
Order of the Rising Sun, Japan (class unknown) Order of the Crown of Thailand, Knight Grand Cross National Order of Merit (France), Knight
Naval Aviator insignia
Presidential Service Badge
  • Larson has also been decorated by the governments of Japan, Thailand, France and Korea.

Civilian career

Larson was a founder, director and chairman of the board of ViaGlobal Group. As of 2002, he also served on the Board of Directors of Northrop Grumman Corporation and the Board of Esterline Corporation. He also served on three corporate boards in the fields of electrical power generation and distribution, oil exploration and production and international service and construction.

In 2002, after switching parties to become a Democrat, Larson ran unsuccessfully for Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, on the ticket with Democrat Kathleen Kennedy Townsend. He and his wife, Sarah, resided in Annapolis until his death.

Larson became an Eagle Scout in 1950 and as an adult was a recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America.[2]

His public service boards include the National Academy of Sciences Committee on International Security and Arms Control, The White House Fellows Foundation, The Board of Regents of the University System of Maryland, The Board of Trustees of the Anne Arundel Health System, Board of Directors of The Atlantic Council and as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the US Naval Academy Foundation.

Larson died at his home in Annapolis on July 26, 2014, as a result of pneumonia, after being afflicted with leukemia for two years. He was interred at the United States Naval Academy Cemetery.[3][4] Larson had reserved four plots at the Academy cemetery for himself, his classmate and close friend Senator John McCain, and their wives. McCain died on August 25, 2018, and was buried on September 2 in the plot next to Larson; the admiral's widow Sarah remarked that "Chuck has his wingman back now".[5][6]


Larson's civilian awards include:

  • Paul Harris Fellow (Rotary International’s highest award for public service).
  • VFW National Armed Forces Award (1998)
  • Navy League’s Annual Leadership Award (1998)
  • “All American Citizen” by the city of Omaha, Nebraska
  • Omaha North High School Vikings of Distinction
  • The United States Naval Academy Alumni Association’s Distinguished Graduate Award

See also


  1. ^ 2000 Admiral Larson Archived 2013-09-27 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Distinguished Eagle Scouts" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-11-04.
  3. ^ "Charles R. Larson, who led Naval Academy in 1990s after cheating scandal, dies at 77". Washington Post. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  4. ^ Rodricks, Dan (26 July 2014). "Adm. Charles R. Larson, former Naval Academy superintendent, dies". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  5. ^ "McCain to lie in state at Capitol". POLITICO. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  6. ^ Gast, Phil (September 2, 2018). "McCain, like others before, rests in peace with a military academy friend". CNN. Retrieved 2018-09-02.

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