John Valdemar Peterson, USN

Born  22 Dec 1898Harlan, Iowa, USA

Capt. John V. Peterson, probably in 1946 at Kansas.


1 Jul 1938 Lt.Cdr.
1 Jan 1942 T/Cdr.
30 Jun 1942 Cdr.
1 May 1943 T/Capt.


  Legion of Merit

Warship Commands listed for John Valdemar Peterson, USN

USS Santee (CVE 29)T/Capt.Escort carrier27 Jan 194521 Feb 1946 (1)
USS Antietam (CV 36)T/Capt.Aircraft carrier1 Sep 1948May 1949

Career information

Peterson graduated from US Naval Academy in 1918 and from there went on to flight training. After getting his wings he served on board aircraft carriers. When the war broke out in Dec 1941 he was stationed in the Phillipines and participated in various battles in the region.

He commanded Patrol Squadron 101 (VP 101) in Patrol Wing TEN, U. S. Asiatic Fleet 1941-42, in the Philippines, and took command of Patrol Wing TEN on 9 January 1942 at Ambon, NEI, guiding the Wing's move to Java, then to Perth, Western Australia in March.

In the spring of 1943 he was ordered to Washington to serve as a senior member on the Aircraft Test and Trial Board. In Jan 1945 he took command of the escort carrier USS Santee (CVE 29). The ship fought in the battles for Phillipine and Okinawa.

Upon leaving USS Santee he was sent to the University of Kansas at Lawrence to head the Naval training there.


(1946). Last Chance! The Fantail Forum. Newsletter of KU NROTC and Navy V-12.

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