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M. Dick Van Orden
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Born (1921-02-24)February 24, 1921
Austin, Texas, U.S.
Died December 9, 2018(2018-12-09) (aged 97)
Arlington, Virginia, U.S.
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1944–1975
Rank Rear admiral
Commands held Chief of Naval Research

Merton Dick Van Orden (February 24, 1921 – December 9, 2018) was a rear admiral in the United States Navy. He was in the class of 1945 at the United States Naval Academy, but due to World War 2 he and the rest of his class graduated in 1944. He served as Chief of Naval Research from 1973 to his retirement in 1975. Van Orden died of cancer in 2018, aged 97.

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