Captain William Harold "Tag" Livingston
27 March 1968 - 28 June 1969
Retired with the rank of Rear Admiral
William Harold Livingston was born in Auburn, Alabama, on September 8, 1922. He attended Auburn University prior to enlisting in the V-5 Program of the U. S. Naval Reserve on March 14, 1942. He was appointed Aviation Cadet in July of that year and went on to win his wings and an Ensignís commission on January 2, 1943. Following operational flight training, he joined Composite Squadron FORTY and served as a Dive Bomber Pilot during the Solomon Islands Campaign for which he was awarded the Air Medal and a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Air Medal. From there, after additional training in night fighters, he served as a Night Fighter Pilot with VF-16 aboard USS RANDOLPH (CV-15). While there, he was awarded a Gold Star in lieu of a Third Air Medal for action against enemy Japanese forces.
After the war, he became an instructor at the Naval Air Station, Vero Beach, Florida; and was later assigned to Advanced Training Unit FOUR at the Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida. Leaving there, he spent two years at the Navy Postgraduate School in Annapolis, Maryland, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering. Following a short tour as a Project Pilot at the Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, Maryland; he went on to do graduate study in aeronautical engineering and receive a Master of Science degree from Princeton University.
He served a tour with VF-22 before returning to NATC Patuxent River, first as a student test pilot and then as a Project Pilot in the Flight Test Division. His next two assignments included tours as Executive Officer of VF-82 and Commanding Officer of VF-41. Following the command tour, he served briefly on the staff of, Commander Naval Air Force, U. S. Atlantic Fleet; spent a year at the Naval Air War College, Newport, Rhode Island; and then went back to NATC Patuxent River to become Director of the Naval Test Pilot School.
A year in command of Air Development Squadron FOUR at the Naval Missile Center, Point Mugu, California was followed by successive tours as Operations Officer and later Executive Officer of USS HANCOCK (CVA-19) and duty with the Weapons Systems Evaluation Group of the Office of the Secretary of Defense. For the latter, he received the Joint Services Commendation Medal.
His next assignment was in command of the fleet oiler, USS AUSILLA (AO-56). From the oiler, he served as the Deputy Superintendent of the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California prior to taking command of the attack aircraft carrier, USS RANGER (CVA-61). For his performance in command of the attack carrier, he was awarded the Legion of Merit and is entitled to ribbons signifying the Meritorious Unit Commendation and the Navy Unit Commendation awarded RANGER for outstanding service in Southeast Asia.
Rear Admiral Livingston is married to the former Margaret S. Bazler of Vero Beach, and they have four daughters, Margaret Anne (Mrs. A.N. Asensio), Cynthia Ellen, Katherine Grace and Hannah Jane Livingston.