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|United States Secretary of the Navy|
July 31, 1951 –January 20, 1953
|President||Harry S. Truman|
|Preceded by||Francis P. Matthews|
|Succeeded by||Robert B. Anderson|
|Born||Dan Able Kimball|
March 1, 1896
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
|Died|| July 30, 1970 74) (aged|
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Dan Able Kimball (March 1, 1896 – July 30, 1970) was the 50th U.S. Secretary of the Navy.
Kimball was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on March 1, 1896. He was an Army Air Service pilot during the First World War and maintained an intense interest in aviation thereafter. Beginning in 1920, he was employed by the General Tire and Rubber Company, rising to Vice President of that firm in 1942. He subsequently was an executive of the rocket engine producer Aerojet Engineering Company, a division of General Tire. He was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Air in February 1949 and became Under Secretary of the Navy the following May.
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John N. Brown
| Assistant Secretary of the Navy (AIR) |
March 9, 1949 – May 24, 1949
John F. Floberg
W. John Kenney
| Under Secretary of the Navy |
May 25, 1949 – July 31, 1951
Francis P. Whitehair
Francis P. Matthews
| United States Secretary of the Navy |
July 31, 1951 – January 20, 1953
Robert B. Anderson