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James Earl Boak
Commodore, United States Navy
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Biography Courtesy of Russell C. Jacobs: June 2007

James Earl Boak (1891-1956)

Born on April 6, 1891 in Hughesville, Pennsylvania. Commissioned from Annapolis in 1914. Served aboard the Georgia at the occupation of Vera Cruz in April 1914 and the Rowan in Irish waters during World War I. Commanding Officer of the Morris 1920-1921. Instructor at Annapolis 1921-1923. Commanding Officer of the submarine R-18 1924-1926.  Again instructor at Annapolis August 1926-June 1929. Commanding Officer of the Patoka Gilmer 1931-1932. Duty in the office of the Chief of Naval Operations May-July 1942, then at Naval Air Station Moffett Field 1942-1943.

Commander of Naval Base Espiritu Santo February 1943-March 1944. Commodore in January 1944. Commander of Naval Base Manus, Admiralty Islands 1944-1945, then Naval Repair Base San Diego July-September 1945.

Retired in November 1947. Decorations included the Legion of Merit. Died on March 31, 1956.

His son, James Knox Boak III is buried nearby in Section 4 of Arlington National Cemetery.



BOAK, JAMES EARL
Commodore, United States Navy
DATE OF BIRTH: 03/06/1891
DATE OF DEATH: 03/31/1956
BURIED AT: SECTION 4  SITE 3104
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

BOAK, JAMES K III
LCDR   US NAVY
WORLD WAR II, KOREA, VIETNAM
DATE OF BIRTH: 07/22/1922
DATE OF DEATH: 07/24/2001
BURIED AT: SECTION 4  SITE 3100-A 
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

BOAK, ELIZABETH OSBORN
DATE OF BIRTH: 05/14/1922
DATE OF DEATH: 09/19/1998
BURIED AT: SECTION 4  SITE 3100-A
 ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY  
  WIFE OF BOAK, JAMES K LCDR US NAVY


Posted:  18 June  2007
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