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Francis Low was a submarine officer
on of the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations when war broke out in
the Pacific. It was Low who first suggested a strike against Japan by Army bombers launched from a carrier. This suggestion led to the Doolittle Raid.
Low commanded heavy cruiser Wichita at the Battle of Rennell Island
before being recalled to Washington to serve as chief of staff of 10
Fleet, the Navy's antisubmarine command for the Atlantic. Although King was nominally commander of 10 Fleet, Low was responsible for day to day direction of the American contribution to what Churchill later identified as the crucial naval campaign of the Second World War. He was a strong supporter of operational research.
Low commanded Cruiser Division 16 in the Okinawa campaign.
||Born in Albany, New York
||Graduates from Naval Academy
||Staff, Submarine Division 13
||Naval War College
||Staff, Submarine Squadron 5
||Commander, DD Paul Jones
||Commander, Submarine Division 13
||Staff, Chief of Naval Operations
||Commander, CA Wichita
||Chief of staff, 10 Fleet
||Commander, Cruiser Division 16
||Commander, Service Forces, Pacific
||Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Logistics
||Commander, Western Sea Frontier
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