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Furlong, William R.


Photograph of Admiral William R. Furlong
Naval Historical Center #NH 50002.
Cropped by author.

William Furlong was chief of the Bureau of Ordnance in 1939 and was instrumental in the decision to purchase a Bofors antiaircraft gun for evaluation by the Navy. By late 1941 he commanded the minecraft of Pacific Fleet and was on his flagship, Oglala, when the Japanese struck at Pearl Harbor. He discovered that he was the senior officer present afloat and ordered the fleet to sortie.

Subsequently promoted to commandant of the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, Furlong oversaw the salvage of Oklahoma.

Service record

1934-6-9
Captain
Commander, BB West Virginia
1937

Chief, Bureau of Ordnance
1939-10
Rear admiral     

1941-3-18

Commander, Minecraft, Battle Force, Pacific Fleet
<1942-4

Commandant, Pearl Harbor Navy Yard
1944-10-25     

Acting commander, 14 Naval District

References

Bureau of Ordnance #75: Guns and Mounts (accessed 2013-3-30)

Naval Historical Center (accessed 2009-7-4)
Pettibone (2006)
USSWestVirginia.org (accessed 2009-7-4)



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