On the 70th anniversary of Victory in Japan Day (VJ Day), State Representative Dan Ramos (D-Lorain) today introduced legislation declaring November 23 as Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King Day in Ohio. The bill honors Admiral King’s birthday and celebrates his legacy as leader of the American Pacific fleet during World War II.

“As we commemorate the 70th anniversary of VJ Day, I feel it appropriate that we honor one of the victory’s architects, a man who helped save the world from fascism and tyranny, Ohio’s own Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King,” said Ramos. “Admiral King’s accomplishments are many throughout his storied career spanning the entire first half of the 20th century. Though enshrined in the Veteran’s Hall of Fame for his service to our community after retirement, the State of Ohio has not yet honored Admiral King for his naval service.”

A native of Lorain, Admiral King remains the highest ranking serviceman from any branch to hail from Ohio. At the onset of World War II, King served as Commander-in-Chief of the Atlantic Fleet and was promoted to Admiral in February, 1941. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, President Roosevelt appointed King to Commander-in-Chief, United States Fleet. King took a decimated U.S. fleet and turned it into the largest and most powerful Navy the world has ever seen. On March 18, 1942, King was appointed Chief of Naval Operations, and is the only sailor in American history to hold the joint title of Commander-in-Chief, United States Fleet and Chief of Naval Operations (COMINCH-CNO). 

King served as president of the Naval Historical Foundation after World War II. He died in 1956.

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