Thomas Cassin Kinkaid
Born: 3 April 1888, Hanover, New Hampshire
Died: 17 November 1972, Bethesda, Maryland
Receiving command of TF64, a surface-action group to intercept Japanese shipping in Iron Bottom Sound (See Guadalcanal Campaign), Kinkaid was relieved of command of this force two days before the first engagement, his replacement being Rear-Admiral Wright.
became commander of the North Pacific Force, the naval units of the Northern
Pacific, and succesfully campaigned with it to recapture the islands of
Attu and Kiska. He was promoted to Vice-Admiral in June 1943, and received
command of the 7th Fleet, "McArthur's Navy", the amphibious forces for
the South-West-Pacific campaign. Performing well in this post, Kinkaid
lead the amphibious forces along New Guinea, and finally, to Leyte, were
his forces took on the entire Japanese surface fleet. Assuming Halsey to
protect his northern flank, Kinkaid concentrated his forces to the south
and was caught unawares when Kurita's Center Force steamed right into his
light northern support forces, escort carriers and light destroyer forces.
However, the attack was repulsed and since neither commander, Halsey or Kinkaid, could be made solely responsible, everything remained as it was. Kinkaid's forces then landed McArthur's army at Lingayen Gulf, and forces on the Chinese and Korean mainland in the last days of the war.
Performing staff duties in Washington up to his retirement, Admiral Kinkaid took the same in May 1950.
Kinkaid was a solid admiral, who contributed greatly to MacArthur's campaigns.