Ensign William G. Sizemore    USS Boxer (CV-21) AD-3 aircraft     Far East    1950

Letter to Lou Ives

January 27, 1997

Thank you for the announcement to the Troops dated December 28. It has prompted me to amend the enclosed page which lists me and to add my name to the Defense Department Attaché listing. I've enclosed also a short biography.

We Flying Midshipmen are truly indebted to you and Pat for your dedication and hard work in compiling these materials. I have several scrapbooks containing news items, photos and the like which I can loan to you. In fact, if you are interested, I will deliver them to your office. Let me know what makes sense to you.

With all best wishes,

William G. Sizemore





William Gene Sizemore completed Naval Service as Rear Admiral (2-star), U.S. Navy, on 1 September 1982, with last active duty assignment as Deputy Director of the Defense Nuclear Agency.

Rear Admiral Sizemore was born in Chauncey, Illinois, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Boyd M. Sizemore. He was designated a Naval Aviator in October 1948 as an Aviation Midshipman and was promoted to the rank of Ensign 3 June 1949. Rear Admiral Sizemore served tours of duty in various fighter, attack and anti-submarine warfare squadrons operating from aircraft carriers, including: USS VALLEY FORGE; USS BOXER; USS PRINCETON; USS YORKTOWN; USS WASP; USS TICONDEROGA; USS RANGER; USS ENTERPRISE; USS HANCOCK; AND USS JOHN F. KENNEDY. While aboard the USS PRINCETON, as a member of Attack Squadron 195, he served a combat tour in Korea in 1950/51. He was aboard the USS TICONDEROGA in the Tonkin Gulf in the summer and fall of 1964 and the USS RANGER in early 1965 and participated in the initial retaliatory strikes against North Vietnam. He also flew combat strikes in North Vietnam in 1965/66 as Commanding officer of Attack Squadron 93, aboard the USS ENTERPRISE.

Rear Admiral Sizemore has logged more than 6,000 flight hours in carrier aircraft, completed 218 combat missions in Korea and Vietnam and has in excess of 1,000 carrier arrested landings. In addition to serving as Commanding Officer, Attack Squadron 93, he also commanded Attack Carrier Wing One (USS JOHN F. KENNEDY) and Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida. He is a graduate of the Naval Line School and Naval Management School at the U.S. Naval Post-graduate School, Monterey, California, and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a Political Science degree. He is also a graduate of the Department of State Foreign Service Institute.

Navy assignments included: Deputy Director, Defense Nuclear Agency; U.S. Defense Attaché to Moscow, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics; Head, Aviation Plans Branch, Office of Chief of Naval Operations; Head, Aviations Officer Distribution Control Division, Bureau of Naval Personnel; and Deputy Director for Operations, National Military Command Center, Joint Chiefs of Staff. He has been awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal (2 awards), the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross (4 awards), the Bronze Star Medal, the Air Medal (17 awards), the Navy Commendation Medal (3 awards), the Navy Unit Commendation (2 awards), the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Bronze Star, and the Korean Presidential Citation as well as various campaign medals.

Prior to assuming his present position as Grand Executive Director of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Southern Jurisdiction, he served as Executive Director of the Navy League of the United States.

He and his wife, the former Hellen H. Fish of Lawrenceville, Illinois, reside in Arlington, Virginia.


Aviation Midshipman        Preflight - Ottumwa, Iowa    February 1947


Dive Bombing Champs of the Pacific Fleet          left to right: LCDR William House, LT Gendron, LTjg Miller, and ENS Sizemore    VA-115   AD2 aircraft    North Island    1949


VA-195 – AD3 and 4 aircraft    USS Princeton (CV-37)    1950 - 1951      Carrier Air Group (CVG) 19

USS Princeton (CV-37)    December 1950 - June 1951

VA-93 – A4C and E aircraft    USS Ranger (CVA-61)  USS Enterprise (CVAN-65)       1965 - 1966

Commanding Officer  CDR Sizemore aboard USS Enterprise (CVA[N]-65)  A4C aircraft off the coast of Vietnam      March 1966

the Sizemores      Bill, Gene, Robert (in Hellen’s arms), and Hellen  just returned from Vietnam    NAS Lemoore, California    June 1966

Past and present COs of A-4 Squadrons aboard USS Enterprise (CVAN-65)       left to right:	unknown; CDR Robert E. Schwoeffermann, Ship’s navigator; CDR James V. Smith, Air Officer; unknown; CAPT James Holloway, III, CO USS Enterprise; CDR James Sizemore, CO VA-45; John Marshall, CO VA-36; CDR James Linder, CO VA-76; and CDR Otto Krueger, CO VA-94.    1966

Carrier Air Wing One   USS John Fitzgerald Kennedy (CVA-67) 1969    Captain William G. Sizemore, USN  Commander Carrier Air Wing One  Lead F4B aircraft

N2S Stearman

“Two members of the younger generation have had the unusual demonstration of the changes in Navy aircraft over the years.”    CAPT Jim Morin and CAPT Gene Sizemore driving    sons John Morin and Billy Sizemore in front seats        July 1970

Commanding Officer    NAS Jacksonville           1972-1974

Defense Attaché Naval Staff  Moscow, USSR              left to right: RADM Gene Sizemore, Defense Attaché, CAPT George Montgomery, Naval Attaché, LCOL Paul Roush, USMC, LCDR Mike Kramer, Assistant Naval Attaché, LCDR John Williams, Assistant Naval Attaché, and Petty Officer 1 Bruce Berg, Office Assistant          1980

Retirement            1982

Ottumwa, Iowa, Pre-Flight Class 2-47