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Fechteler, William Morrow (1896-1967)


Photograph of William M. Fechteler

National Archives #80-G-302299

Fechteler commanded Indiana before being promoted to rear admiral and serving as Barbey's indispensible right hand during the advance along the north coast of New Guinea. Fechteler was given command of Amphibian Group 8 for the landings in the Philippines. He spent the last months of the war as Assistant Chief of Naval Personnel.

Postwar Fechteler served as Chief of Naval Operations, the senior officer in the Navy, from 1951 to 1953.

Service record

1896-3-6     

Born at San Rafael, California
1916
Ensign     
Graduates from Naval Academy. Assigned to BB Pennsylvania
1940-12
Commander Chief of staff, Destroyers, Battle Force
1942-2

Assistant Director, Officer Personnel Division, Burea of Navigation
1942
Captain
Director, Officer Personnel Division, Burea of Navigation
1943-8-10     

Commander, BB Indiana
1944-1-13
Rear admiral     
Deputy Commander, 7 Amphibious Force
1944-8

Commander, Amphibian Group 8
1945-3

Assistant Chief of Naval Personnel
1947-2
Vice admiral
Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Personnel
1950-1
Admiral
Commander, Atlantic Fleet
1951-8

Chief of Naval Operations
1953-8

Commander, Allied Forces, Southern Europe
1956-7

Retires
1967-7-4

Dies

References

Naval Historical Center (accessed 2008-9-16)
Pettibone (2006)
Tuohy (2007)



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