Vice Admiral Robert Lee Ghormley Biography, 1966

Overview of the Collection

Ghormley, Robert L., Jr.
Vice Admiral Robert Lee Ghormley Biography
1966 (inclusive)
0.25 cubic feet
Collection Number
MG 5749
Biography of Vice Admiral Robert Lee Ghormley written by his son, Commander Robert L. Ghormley, Jr.
University of Idaho Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
University of Idaho Library
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 2350
Moscow, ID
Telephone: 2088850845
Access Restrictions

The manuscript group is open to the public. Researchers must use the collection in accordance with the policies of the University of Idaho Special Collections and Archives.

This collection is in English.

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Robert Lee Ghormley (1883-1958) was born in Portland, Oregon to Dr. David Owen Ghormley and Alice Irwin Ghormley. When he was 10-years-old, his father, a Presbyterian minister, accepted a new assignment in Moscow, Idaho, home of the University of Idaho. After graduating from the University’s preparatory school in 1899, Robert enrolled in the University but left after being accepted into the Naval Academy in 1902. In 1903, the University of Idaho honored the credits he’d earned at the Naval Academy and awarded him a Bachelor of Arts degree. Ghormley graduated from the Naval Academy in 1906.

During the span of his 40-year career as a naval officer, Ghormley held commands throughout the world and served during two world wars. In April 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed Ghormley Commander of all U.S. Forces in the South Pacific Area. From February 1943 to October 1944, Ghormley served as Commander of the 14th Naval District and the Hawaiian Sea Frontier, and from November 1944 through December 1945, he oversaw the destruction of German naval forces as Commander of U.S. Naval Forces in Europe. Ghormley was a participant in the Tripartite Conference of 1945, and after retiring from the Navy in 1946, he returned to his home in Washington, D.C. He died in 1958 and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


Robert L. Ghormley Papers, #1153, Joyner Library, East Carolina University. Accessed May 29, 2012.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of one typescript volume, a biography of Vice Admiral Robert Lee Ghormley written by his son, Commander Robert L. Ghormley, Jr., dated 1966.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Biography of Vice Admiral Robert Lee Ghormley, MG 5749. Special Collections and Archives, University of Idaho Library, Moscow, Idaho.

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Acquisition Information

Provenance is unknown.

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Corporate Names

  • United States. Navy.
  • University of Idaho.