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Hustvedt, Olaf M. (1886-1978)


Photograph of Olaf M. Hustvedt

Naval Historical Center #NH 104546.

Cropped by author.

Hustvedt was a gunnery expert who had been an observer at the bombing test against Alabama in 1921. A highly competent officer, he received top ratings from the secret ad hoc selection board convened by Navy Secretary Knox in March 1942. However, the diminished role of battleships in the war meant that his own combat service was limited to command of a battleship division during the Marshalls campaign.

Service record

1886

Born at Chicago
1909
Midshipman
CL West Virginia
1914

Completes M.S. from George Washington University
1914

BB Utah
1916

Staff, Commander, Battleship Division 6
1918

BB Oklahoma
1919

Chief, Experimental Section, Bureau of Ordnance
1921     
Lieutenant commander     
Commander, DM Burns
1927

BB Colorado
1928

Staff, Battle Fleet
1930

Naval Gun Factory
1933
Commander
Executive officer, CA Louisville
1935

Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
1938
Captain Commander, CL Detroit
1939

Staff, U.S. Fleet
1941-4-9     

Commander, BB North Carolina
1941-10-23     

Chief of staff, Atlantic Fleet
1943-5-8
Rear admiral Commander, Battleships, Atlantic Fleet
1943-11-1     

Commander, Battleship Division 7
1944-10-24     

General Board
1946
Vice admiral
Retires
1978

Dies

References

Buell (1987)

Frank (2011; accessed 2012-6-16)

Naval Historical Center (accessed 2008-3-22)

Pettibone (2006)

U.S. Naval Institute (2011; accessed 2012-1-7)



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