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Orin Gould Murfin (April 13, 1876 – October 22, 1956) was an admiral in the United States Navy.

Orin Gould Murfin
Pearl Harbor Navy Court of Inquiry.jpg
Admiral Orin G. Murfin (center) as President of the Navy Court of Inquiry for the Pearl Harbor attack
Born(1876-04-13)April 13, 1876
Lawrence County, Ohio
DiedOctober 22, 1956(1956-10-22) (aged 80)
San Diego, California
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
RankUS-O10 insignia.svg Admiral
Commands held
Battles/warsWorld War I
World War II
AwardsDistinguished Service Medal

Murfin served as the commanding officer of USS Albany in 1916; Concord, 1923–1925; and West Virginia, 1928–29. From 1931–34, he was the Navy's Judge Advocate General.

He also served as Commander-in-Chief, Asiatic Fleet, 1935–36. From there, Murfin became the commandant of the 14th Naval District, where he led the Navy's participation in the search for Amelia Earhart when her plane went missing in 1937.

Following his retirement, Murfin served as the President of the Navy Court of Inquiry following the attack on Pearl Harbor. The court's conclusions were regarded as too lenient by Secretary of the Navy James V. Forrestal; see Edward C. Kalbfus.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Frank B. Upham
Commander-in-Chief, United States Asiatic Fleet
4 October 1935–30 October 1936
Succeeded by
Harry E. Yarnell