MEDALS-RIBBONS: Command at Sea, Legion of Merit w/2 Gold Stars, Bronze Star w/Combat "V", Joint Service Commendation
During a 32-year military career, Admiral Turner was assigned to destroyers in the Korean War, including serving as the operations officer on USS Hanson (DD-832). He was the commissioning commanding officer of the USS Horne (DLG-30) during the Vietnam War. In 1972, he was named president of the Naval War College in Newport, RL, where he used his Rhodes Scholar connections to revamp the academic standards. Admiral Turner commanded the Navy's Second Fleet, based in Norfolk, VA. where he received his fourth star and assignment as NATO Commander in Southern Europe in 1975. An Oxford-educated scholar, Admiral Turner was long considered to be one of the Navy's sharpest analytical minds and brashly confident leaders. In 1977, he was selected to lead the Central Intelligence Agency by his Naval Academy classmate, President Jimmy Carter.
Donated by friends, family and crew of USS Horne and USS Hanson.