Commander Carrier Group Twenty Nine
RADM Durgin observing Flight Ops on CVE93 Bridge
RADM Durgin was embarked on USS MAKIN ISLAND (CVE 93) at various times during MAKIN ISLAND's commissioned service. The following plaque inscription is taken from two Plaque dedicated to RADM Durgin. These plaques are held at the Hornet Museum in Alameda and the Midway Museum in San Diego.
IN MEMORY OF
VICE ADMIRAL CALVIN T. DURGIN USN
US NAVAL ACADEMY CLASS OF 1916
WORLD WAR I DUTY IN USS CONNECTICUT AND USS
KIMBERLY AS ENGINEERING OFFICER.
Graduated as a Naval Aviator in 1920
Master's degree in aeronautical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
In 1929, duty as fleet aviation officer on the staff of the Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Fleet. Two years later he moved to the office of the Chief of Naval Operations, returning to sea duty in 1932 aboard the aircraft carrier, USS SARATOGA. In another two years he was back ashore as executive officer of the Naval Air Station, Norfolk.
In 1939 he became commander of the Utility Wing, Pacific Fleet, and the following year was ordered to the Bureau of Aeronautics as director of the flight division.
As Captain, commanded the aircraft carrier, USS RANGER in the invasion of French Morocco during November, 1942
As Rear Admiral, commanded an Aircraft Carrier Task Group in 1944 during the invasion of southern France.
In November, 1944, he was made Commander of the Escort Carrier Force Pacific which took part in the invasions of Mindora, Luzon, Iwo Jima and Okinawa.
After WWII he had successive assignments as Commandant of the 11th Naval District, Commander, Fleet Air, Jacksonville, and as Vice-Admiral, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Air. He became Commander, First Fleet on 1 March 1950. On 1 September 1951 he retired from the Navy with the rank of Vice-Admiral.
During his long and distinguished carrier which spanned parts of five decades, Vice Admiral Durgin was awarded three Legions of Merit and the Distinguished Service Medal as well as the French Legion of Honor and Croix de Guerre, and an Honorary Commandership in the Military Division, Order of the British Empire.
The plaque was presented by the men of the Escort Carrier Force Pacific in grateful appreciation for his leadership and service.