Ralph Waldo Christie

Ralph Waldo Christie

Rear Admiral of the United States Navy During World War Ii
Born Aug 30, 1893

Ralph Waldo Christie was an admiral in the United States Navy who played a pivotal role in the development of torpedo technologies. During World War II, he commanded submarine operations out of the Australian ports of Brisbane and Fremantle. A 1915 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Christie served on a variety of warships beginning with the battleship New Jersey in 1915.… Read More

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1893 Birth Ralph W. Christie was born in Somerville, Massachusetts on 30 August 1893.


1915 21 Years Old He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1915 and served on a variety of warships beginning with the battleship.
1916 22 Years Old Aboard the cruiser in 1916, he was trained in torpedo design and implementation. … Read More
1918 24 Years Old He went on to command the submarines in 1918, in 1920, in 1923 and in 1924. … Read More
1922 28 Years Old In 1922, as Christie was completing his graduate studies, the Bureau of Ordnance initiated project G-53, a highly secret program to develop a magnetic influence exploder for torpedoes.


1926 32 Years Old In the summer of 1926, Christie became intimately involved in the project, and was substantially involved in the technical development of the weapon system. … Read More


1938 44 Years Old By May 1938, Christie was head of the Torpedo Section at BuOrd and involved in providing torpedoes to the fleet. … Read More
1939 45 Years Old In 1939, Christie was given command of Submarine Division 15, consisting of all six Salmon-class submarines. By 1941, Germany and the United Kingdom were engaged in the Battle of the Atlantic. … Read More
1941 47 Years Old As war seemed increasingly likely toward the end of 1941, Christie placed his boats on full war footing. … Read More
1942 48 Years Old 1 More Event
Christie went along, arriving in April 1942, just in time for the Battle of the Coral Sea. … Read More
Christie was promoted to rear admiral as part of his move back to Newport. In January 1943, however, Rear Admiral Robert English, Commander, Submarines, U.S. Pacific Fleet, was killed in a plane crash. … Read More


Christie abided by the order, commencing on 20 January 1944, but was still convinced the Mark 6 had potential. … Read More
1949 55 Years Old He retired from the Navy on 1 August 1949, with tombstone promotion to the rank of vice admiral. … Read More


1987 94 Years Old Christie died in Honolulu, Hawaii on 19 December 1987 at the age of 94. … Read More
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