Odale Waters Jr.

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Odale Waters Jr.
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Rear Admiral Odale Dabney Waters Jr. (Jul. 13, 1910 - May 7, 1986) was Oceanographer of the US Navy from 1965-1970. He was awarded SEG Life Membership in 1968 in recognition of his oceanographic work.


Waters graduated from the Naval Academy in 1932. He served on the heavy cruiser Augusta (CA-31) and destroyer Downes (DD-375), before taking postgraduate training in ordnance engineering. He then went to England as a special naval observer in the period when Britain was engaged in hostilities but the United States had not yet entered World War II. He was assignment to set up the Navy's first mine disposal school in Washington after his return. He served later on the cruiser Memphis (CL-13).

He later served on the staff of Vice Admiral Jonas Ingram, both in the South Atlantic and when Ingram commanded the Atlantic Fleet. Waters was skipper of the destroyer Laffey (DD-724) during the Bikini atomic bomb tests in 1946. He later commanded the transport Glynn (APA-239) and Destroyer Squadron Two.

While commanding the Naval Weapons Station at Yorktown, Virginia, he was selected for rear admiral and then served as Commander Destroyer Flotilla One. After duty as Commander Mine Force Pacific Fleet and Naval Base Los Angeles, he began a long tour of duty as Oceanographer of the Navy, up to his retirement in 1970.[1]


  1. US Naval Institute: Oral History Transcription [1]