Vice Admiral NOYES Leigh

Vice Admiral NOYES Leigh[1]

Male 1885 - 1961  (75 years)

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  • Name NOYES Leigh 
    Prefix Vice Admiral 
    Born 15 Dec 1885  Saint Johnsbury, Caledonia, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    _UID 78A70D38EB9ED5118A064445535400009343 
    Died 25 Mar 1961  Washington, District of Columbia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Address:
    2301 Connecticut Avenue 
    Vice Admiral Leigh Noyes obituary
    Vice Admiral Leigh Noyes obituary
    Buried 28 Mar 1961  Arlington, Arlington, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Address:
    Arlington National Cemetery 
    Vice Admiral Leigh & Sue Gordon (Webb) Noyes monument
    Vice Admiral Leigh & Sue Gordon (Webb) Noyes monument

    LEIGH NOYES
    VICE ADMIRAL
    UNITED STATES NAVY
    MARCH 24, 1961
    HIS BELOVED WIFE
    SUE GORDON WEBB
    APRIL 19, 1952

    Notes 
    • Leigh Noyes (December 15, 1885 – March 24, 1961) was a Vice Admiral in the United States Navy during World War II. He was Director of Naval Communications before the outbreak of World War II and later served as Commander, Carrier Division 3 and Commander, Naval Air Force, Pacific Fleet.


      Graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1906, he won the Navy Cross while serving as Flag Secretary and Fleet Communication Officer of the Atlantic Fleet during World War I. He was also decorated with the Russian Order of Saint Stanislaus, 3rd Class for the saving of Russian refugees from a sinking boat in the Black Sea.

      In 1934, he took over command of the USS Richmond. In 1937 he completed flight training and took command of USS Lexington. In 1938, he was appointed as Chief of staff, Aircraft, Battle Force.

      At the time war broke out in 1941, Rear Admiral Noyes was Director of Naval Communications in Washington and was accused of not passing along the "Bomb Plot" intercept of 9 October 1941 indicating that the Japanese Consulate in Honolulu was under instructions to report ship locations in Pearl Harbor. In March 1942, he was sent to Pearl Harbor servicing as Admiral Halsey's shore administrator. He was considered to replace Halsey for Midway but instead Admiral Raymond A. Spruance was selected. In June 1942, he was given command of Task Force 18 and later Task Force 61 transferred his flag to USS Wasp.

      After Wasp was torpedoed on September 14, 1942 he was criticized for his actions and reassigned as commander, Naval Air Force, Pacific Fleet which he held until October 1942. In 1945 he was appointed to the position of President, Board of Inspection and Survey and was promoted to Vice Admiral and placed in the retired list in 1946.


      Navy Cross Citation

      The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Commander Leigh Noyes, United States Navy, for distinguished service in the line of his profession as Flag Secretary and Fleet Communication Officer of the Atlantic Fleet during World War I.
    Person ID I19932  Noyes Family Genealogy
    Last Modified 29 Mar 2019 

    Father NOYES Ammi Barber,   b. 13 Jan 1857, Hyde Park, Lamoille, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother BOLES Emily Jane,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 12 Jun 1879  [1, 2, 4
    • The Noyes Descendants, Vol. II says 1879.
    Family ID F7618  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family WEBB Sue Gordon,   b. 27 Jun 1889, , New Kent, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Apr 1952  (Age 62 years) 
    Married 5 Jul 1919  Washington, District of Columbia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Last Modified 31 Dec 2019 
    Family ID F49124  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Rear Admiral Leigh Noyes
    Rear Admiral Leigh Noyes

    USS Wasp (CV-7). Scene on the carrier's port bridge wing, during operations off Guadalcanal on 7 August 1942. Among those present are (from left to right, in the right center) Commander D.F. Smith (hatless); Captain Forrest P. Sherman, Commanding Officer (wearing helmet); Rear Admiral Leigh Noyes, Commander Task Group 61.1 (facing camera); and Lieutenant Commander Wallace M. Beakley, Commander Wasp Air Group, who is making his report to RAdm. Noyes. Note SBD-3 scout bombers (one with a rather small National star painted on its fuselage) on the flight deck and .30 caliber machine gun mounted on the bridge bulwark.
    Veteran & Patriot of World War I
    Veteran & Patriot of World War I
    Veteran & Patriot of World War II
    Veteran & Patriot of World War II

  • Sources 
    1. [S103] Book-Noyes-The Noyes Descendants, Vol. II, p.157.

    2. [S277] Book-Noyes-Noyes' Genealogy, p.20.

    3. [S3808] Internet-Find A Grave, Find A Grave Memorial #49297970 [John C. Anderson] 3/6/2010.

    4. [S1941] Book-Encyclopedia, Vermont Biography, p.276.

    5. [S7596] Internet-Database-ancestry.com-District of Columbia, Compiled Marriage Index, 1830-1921, FHL Film Number: 2129770.