Captain Leo B. McCuddin
10 May 1965 - 7 June 1966
Retired with the rank of Rear Admiral
Captain Leo B. McCuddin, USN, assumed command of the USS Ranger (CVA-61) May 10, 1965, after reporting aboard from the oiler USS Mattaponi (AO-41) where he served as Commanding Officer since February 1964. Born February 2, 1917, in Sioux City, IA, Captain McCuddin was commissioned in April 1942 after completing flight trianing.
During WWII, the captain served as a flight instructor at NAS Corry Field, in VF-100 based at Oahu, HI, and later was deployed with VF-20 aboard USS Enterprise (CV-6) and USS Lexington (CV-16). While with VF-20, the captain shot down five Japanese planes making him an ace.
After the war Captain McCuddin served as a lawyer on the staff of the Judge Advocate General (JAG). He was then Executive Officer of VF-113 (flying F4U-4B Corsairs) aboard USS Philipine Sea (CV-47). Then, he went to Air Command and Staff School of the Air Force, and back to JAG. Then, he was Air Officer aboard the USS Block Island (CVE-106) and USS Mindoro (CVE-120). Next he was Commanding Officer of VF-13. Then he had tours as aide and flag secretary to the Commander Naval Air Force Atlantic, the Naval War College, Air Group Four and as Air Group Commander of Air Group Three aboard USS Saratoga (CVA-60). Next came Operations Officer aboard USS Wasp (CVS-18) and then Executive Officer. A tour with the Office of Legislative Affairs in Washington, DC, was followed by him assuming command of the USS Mattaponi (AO-41).
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