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Admiral Glendon E. Boothe retired from active duty Friday, April 30, 1954, at his own request glendon bootheafter nearly 31 years of service. Admiral Boothe received his education at New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts, State College, New Mexico, graduating in June 1923, with the degree Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He entered on duty in the Coast and Geodetic Survey July 12, 1923, as Deck Officer and his first assignment was on precise leveling in Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, and Yellowstone Park. During his long and notable career he has served as chief of geodetic and tides and current parties, in various capacities aboard the Ships DISCOVERER, GUIDE, FATHOMER, LYDONIA, and PRATT, engaged on hydrographic surveying in coastal areas of the United States, Alaska, Hawaii, and the Philippine Islands, and as Commanding Officer of the Ships PATTON, DERICKSON, and SURVEYOR on combined operations in Alaskan waters. His office assignments included duty in the Western and Southwestern district offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles, California, Washington office, and supervisor of the Midwestern district in Portland, Oregon, from February 1, 1952, to the date of his retirement

During World War II he was transferred to the service and jurisdiction of the War Department by Executive Order No. 9236, where he served with distinction in the Third Field Artillery Observation Bn., from September 8, 1942 to April 9, 1946, with the rank Lieutenant Colonel, and was awarded the following Decorations and Citations: Bronze Star Medal for Meritorious Service in Combat During the Period July 19 to October 1944; American Campaign Medal; European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with four Bronze Stars; Army of Occupation Medal with Germany Clasp; World War II Victory Medal. The Secretary of the Navy approved his promotion to Rear Admiral on the date of his retirement upon the recommendation of the Secretary of Commerce, Honorable Sinclair Weeks, and the Department of the Navy Board of Decorations and Medals because of his meritorious service in combat with the Third Artillery Observation Battalion in Europe during World War II. Admiral Boothe is the second officer of the Bureau to receive this honorary promotion.

The Buzzard,5/4/1954

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