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Elmo Zumwalt
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Nickname(s) "Bud"
Born (1920-11-29)November 29, 1920
San Francisco, California
Died January 2, 2000(2000-01-02) (aged 79)
Durham, North Carolina, United States
Buried
United States Naval Academy Cemetery
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch  United States Navy
Years of service 1939–1974
Rank Admiral
Unit USS Phelps
USS Robinson
USS Saufley
USS Zellars
Commands held Chief of Naval Operations
Naval Forces Vietnam
Cruiser-Destroyer Flotilla Seven
USS Dewey
USS Arnold J. Isbell
USS Tills
Battles/wars World War II Korean War
Vietnam War
Awards Navy Distinguished Service Medal (3)
Legion of Merit (2)
Bronze Star Medal
Navy Commendation Medal
Spouse(s) Mouza Coutelais-du-Roche

Elmo Russell "Bud" Zumwalt Jr. (November 29, 1920 – January 2, 2000) was a United States Navy officer and the youngest person to serve as Chief of Naval Operations. As an admiral and later the 19th Chief of Naval Operations, Zumwalt played a major role in United States military history, especially during the Vietnam War. A decorated war veteran, Zumwalt reformed United States Navy personnel policies in an effort to improve enlisted life and ease racial tensions. After he retired from a 32-year navy career, he launched an unsuccessful campaign for the United States Senate.

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