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“I was orderly, driver for Admiral LeBourgeous at Saclant , Norfolk, Virginia 1972-1973. Sorry to hear of his passing. It was my honor to have known...Read More »
1 of 4 | Posted by: Sargent Johnny Risner , Usmc - AL

“I was his cardiologist for about 20 years while he lived in NH. He was a wonderful man who provided me with continued education about world affairs....Read More »
2 of 4 | Posted by: Bruce Hettleman, MD - NH

“Julien was my father's cousin and Godfather. I only met him once, just before joining the Navy myself. I remember him as a very distinguished...Read More »
3 of 4 | Posted by: Joe LeBourgeois - Bradenton, FL

“It was a pleasure to have known you and a disappointment to see you leave us. I wish you fair winds and following seas. God speed Julien...God speed. ”
4 of 4 | Posted by: Brian & sally LeBourgeois - LA

Vice Admiral Julien Johnson LeBourgeois, United States Navy (Retired)
November 23, 1923-September 16, 2012

A 1944 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy (Class of 1945), LeBourgeois was born in Southern Pines, NC. During a stellar Navy career of 33 years, he served on USS Columbia in operations to liberate The Philippines in WW II; was Assistant Naval Attaché in Morocco; commanded USS Halsey during the Vietnam War, rescuing 17 downed U.S. airmen; served as top aide to the Chief of Naval Operations; held NATO leadership positions in Belgium and Norfolk, VA; and finally was President of the Naval War College in Newport, RI, 1974-1977. He held an MA in International Relations from George Washington University. His service decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal (awarded twice), the Legion of Merit (awarded twice), and the Bronze Star for service in combat.

In retirement in New London, NH, he led the creation of a popular continuing education program "Adventures in Learning" at Colby-Sawyer College for which the college awarded him "The Town Award" in 2004 acknowledging his extraordinary involvement in and noteworthy contributions to the community.

Admiral LeBourgeois spent his final years in Williamsburg, VA, where his dear wife of nearly 64 years, Priscilla Dudley LeBourgeois, continues to reside. Other survivors are son, Julien Dudley LeBourgeois of Washington D.C.; daughter, Anne LeBourgeois Grieves of Hong Kong and New Canaan, CT; and granddaughters, Alexandra Taylor Grieves and Victoria Armour LeBourgeois Grieves of New York, NY.

A memorial service and burial, to be held at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, will be announced at a later date. Online condolences may be expressed at