McDonald, David L.

As Chief of Naval Operations 1963-77, credited with building Navy’s combat air force in Vietnam War

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(1906-1997) USNA 1928, Navy aviator and admiral, 17th Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) 1963-67, during the Vietnam War era. He spent 1935-38 as a flight instructor at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida. He served as flag secretary of the aircraft command of the Atlantic Fleet, commander of the Naval Operational Training Command, EXO of the aircraft carrier USS Essex in the Pacific and assistant chief of staff for operations of the Pacific Fleet, all between 1938 and 1955. During the mid-50s, he commanded the aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea. In the early 60s, before becoming CNO, he served as Commander, Sixth Fleet. At the time of his selection as Chief of Naval Operations, he was the youngest full Navy admiral, having only received his 4th star a month prior. He is credited with building the Navy’s combat air force in Vietnam. TLS on 7 ¾ x 5 ¾ Chief of Naval Operations 4-star blue flag letterhead, (Washington), February 17 1965, sends signed photo (not present) to a Chicago Salvation Army youth center display.

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