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Harold Medberry Bemis was a Rear Admiral in the United States Navy.

Harold Medberry Bemis
Born(1884-07-15)July 15, 1884
DiedFebruary 16, 1970(1970-02-16) (aged 85)
Service/branchUnited States Navy
RankRear Admiral
Spouse(s)Hazel Haynes


Early lifeEdit

Bemis was born July 15, 1884 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

He married Hazel Haynes on November 20, 1926.[1]

Military careerEdit

Bemis graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1906. He served on the USS Maine.[2]

He would serve in World War I as the Commander of Submarine Division Five.[3]

He graduated from the Naval War College in 1934. From 1938 to 1939, he served as a Naval Attache.[4]

Later, he also served in World War II. His retirement was effective as of August 1, 1946.

Civilian careerEdit

From 1947-1953, he served as President-Chairman of the Board, Compania Anonima Venezolana Lummus in Caracas, Venezuela.[1]


Death and legacyEdit

Bemis died on February 16, 1970 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.[1]

Bemis' papers are held by United States Naval History & Heritage Command.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Harold Medberry Bemis, Rear Admiral, United States Navy".
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  3. ^ a b "Valor awards for Harold Medberry Bemis".
  4. ^ Farago, Ladislas (1961). Burn After Reading: The Espionage History of World War II. New York: Walker. p. 200.
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