Fechtetler, William M.

Led 7th Fleet Amphibious Group 1944-45 in New Guinea & Philippine landings, Korean War CNO 1950-51

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(1896-1967) US Navy ADM, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) 1951-53, Commander in Chief, Allied Forces, Southern Europe 1953-56. USNA 1916, served in WW I and had staff positions and commands between WW I and WW II. In 1942-43, Capt. Fechteler served in the Bureau of Navigation (later Bureau of Personnel) then commanded the battleship USS Indiana in the Pacific. RADM early 1944, he was Commander of the 7th Fleet's Amphibious Group Aug. 1944-March 1945, participating in 10 amphibious operations against Japanese-held New Guinea and the Philippines, including Morotai, Leyte, and Lingayen. He received the Distinguished Service Medal for his work in the planning and coordination of joint assault operations in the SW Pacific while serving as Commander, Amphibious Group 8. He spent the rest of 1945 as Asst. Chief of Naval Personnel, followed by service as Commander, Battleships & Cruisers, Atlantic Fleet. He was Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Personnel as VADM Feb. 1947-Jan. 1950 and as ADM (1 Feb. 1950), was Commander in Chief, Atlantic and US Atlantic Fleet Feb. 1950-Aug. 1951, when appointed CNO. As CNO, her was responsible for sustaining Korean War-era naval activities in the Far East and in Europe. He devoted considerable attention to the Navy' program to build the first large-deck Forrestal class aircraft carriers and promoted the design and construction of USS Nautilus, the world's first nuclear-powered submarine. He also expanded pay and benefits for Navy personnel. In Aug. 1953, ADM Fechteler became Commander in Chief, Allied Forces, Southern Europe in Naples until July 1956, when he retired after 40 years' service. On December 6, 1956, he was named a planning consultant in General Electric's Atomic Products Division, engaged in long-range planning in the atomic energy field. 2 x 3 1/2 card signed as VADM USN, dated 21 May 1946 while Commander, Battleships & Cruisers, Atlantic Fleet.

Condition: Very good
Type:Signed Card






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