Adm Ben Helmick Retires
Distinguished Career Adm. Helmick Retires After 30 Years as Officer in Navy Rear Adm, Guy B. Helmick has retired from the Unitec States Navy, after a distinguish ed 30-year career. The son of Mrs. Edith B. He! mick and the late Guy D. Hel mick, 1852 Evergreen Ave., Alton, Alton, the admiral officially retired retired July 1, but continued in service as head of the Alaska command until a successor was assigned. Adm. Helmick, with his wife, plans a trip to Japan, after which they will continue their travels throughout the world. Mrs. Helmick is the former Miss Rose C. Eckert of Matlar Lane, New Brunswick, N. J. They were married in 1949. Guy M. Helmick was born in St. Louis. His parents moved to Alton in 1923, and thereafter the naval officer gave Alton as his official home. He was graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1926. Then he began a naval career career that was to bring him man; decorations, and a citation from the President of the United States. Adm, Helmick was last in Alton Alton in June, when he flew home because of the serious illness of his father, who died June 22, On his retirement, Adm, Helmick Helmick received a commendation from the secretary of the Navy, Charles S, Thomas, which read in part: ".. . The President of the United United States awarded you the Bronze Star Medal with Combat 'V for meritorious achievements as engineer officer of the USS Honolulu during operations against enemy forces in the Pacific Pacific area from January, 1942, to July, 1944, Participating in 11 major operations against ttiei ADM. GUY B. HELMICK enemy, you maintained the engineering engineering plant at a peak of performance performance and contributed materially materially to the success of your ship in the infliction of damage on the enemy. While you were engineering officer, the 'Navy Unit Commendation was awarded awarded to the USS Honolulu for outstanding outstanding heroism in action igainst the enemy forces during :he Battle of Tassafaronga, the Battles of Kula Gulf and Kolom- )angaru, and operations at Kaau Kaau and Leyte. You further enhanced your service reputation by your excellent excellent performance of duty as commanding officer of the USS Kittson from November, 1944, to July, 1945; as commander, Trac- or Squadron 1 from September, 1949, to September, 1950; and as commander, Landing Ship Flc- illa 1 from September, 1950, to September, 1651." .