James Francis was born in Cleveland, Ohio back in 1920. After high school, he attended Oberlin College for two years. He received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy completing it in only three years he graduated in 1942.
Assigned to attend the Naval Submarine School in New London after graduation he was assigned to the USS Jack serving aboard for three years. Sinking over 100,000 tons of enemy ships also damaging another 18,000 tons. He was awarded the silver Star and two Bronze Star Medals. He was assigned to serve as executive officer of the USS Haddo. If you haven’t figured it out by now I’m writing about James Frances Calvert
After the war, he was assigned as an instructor at the Submarine School. in 1952, he went back to sea later being assigned to the USS Trigger as its commanding officer. Later he served at the 46th superintendent of the United States Naval Academy. He rose through the ranks retiring as a vice admiral in 1973. He died in 2009 at 88. In 1959, he was commanding officer aboard the USS Skate. That submarine was the third nuclear submarine, the second one to reach the North Pole but the first one to surface at the pole, thus ensuring him a place in the history books.