Henry Kent Hewitt

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The Life of H. K. Hewitt Henry Kent Hewitt was a U.S. naval officer who directed important landings in Europe during World War II. He born in Hackensack, New Jersey on February 11, 1887 and died in 1972 in Orwell Vermont. Hewitt graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., in 1906. He later went on to serve on the USS Missouri from 1907-1909 in the Great White Fleet, which was sent around the world by President of the United States Theodore Roosevelt from December 16, 1907, to February 22, 1909, consisted of sixteen new battleships of the Atlantic Fleet. The battleships were painted white except for gilded scrollwork on their bows. Hewitt was also a teacher; he taught mathematics at the Naval Academy before he commanded the yacht Eagle, for survey and patrol work in the Caribbean. Admiral Hewitt served aboard several battleships and destroyers, including USS MISSOURI, USS CONNECTICUT, USS FLUSSER, USS FLORIDA, and USS PENNSYLVANIA. He commanded USS EAGLE, USS CUMMINGS, USS LUDLOW, Destroyer Division 12 and USS INDIANAPOLIS; With the USS CUMMINGS and USS INDIANAPOLIS being in World War I. During the 1920s and 1930s, he was involved in naval gunnery and ordnance as Pacific Fleet Gunnery Officer and Inspector of Ordnance in charge of the Naval Ammunition Depot at Puget Sound, Washington, while sharpening his knowledge of shore bombardment so necessary in his later amphibious assaults. And in 1941 he commanded Atlantic Fleet task group in neutrality patrols and convoys, until April 1942 when he became commander Amphibious Force Atlantic. He was also Commander of the Western Naval Task Force. A naval task force was to land each of the three attacking forces at its objective and support it with naval gunfire and aviation. For the Western Naval Task Force Rear Admiral Henry Kent Hewitt was designated as commander. He was at that time the Commander,

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