George Dominic Murray (July 6, 1889 – June 18, 1956) was an admiral in the United States Navy and an early naval aviator.

George Dominic Murray
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Born(1889-07-06)July 6, 1889
South Boston, Massachusetts
Died18 June 1956(1956-06-18) (aged 66)
San Francisco, California
Place of burial
Allegiance United States
Service/branchSeal of the United States Department of the Navy.svg United States Navy
Years of service1910–1951
RankUS-O10 insignia.svg Admiral
Commands heldFirst Fleet
USS Enterprise
Battles/warsWorld War I
World War II
AwardsNavy Cross
Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit (2)[1]


Murray was born in Boston, Massachusetts, attended the U.S. Naval Academy, graduating in 1911 and became a naval aviator in 1915.

During World War II, he commanded the aircraft carrier Enterprise (CV-6), from 21 March 1941 to 30 June 1942, which included the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo and the Battle of Midway.[2]

At the end of the war, he was the commander of the Mariana Islands, and accepted the Japanese surrender of the Caroline Islands aboard his flagship, the cruiser Portland (CA-33).[3][4]

He commanded the First Fleet from August 1947 to August 1948.

He retired as a full admiral in 1951, died in San Francisco, California, on 18 June 1956, and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.[2]

In 1961, Murray was posthumously designated the third recipient of the Gray Eagle Award, as the most senior active naval aviator from 1947 until his retirement.

Personal lifeEdit

Murray is the stepfather of Vice Admiral Lloyd M. Mustin and step grandfather of Vice Admiral Henry C. Mustin.


  1. ^ "Military Times Hall of Valor : Awards for George Dominic Murray". Retrieved 11 October 2010.
  2. ^ a b "George D. Murray". Retrieved 11 October 2010.
  3. ^ "Naval History : USS Portland (CA-33)". Archived from the original on 12 October 2007. Retrieved 11 October 2010.
  4. ^ "USS Portland - Surrender of Truk Atoll, 2 September 1945". Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 11 October 2010.

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