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Rockwell, Francis Warren (1886-1979)

Rockwell was commander of 16 Naval District, based at Cavite in the Philippine Islands, at the outbreak of war. He was among the officers who accompanied MacArthur in his famous escape to Australia. He was subsequently placed in command of the Eastern Australia submarine force.

Rockwell later became Commander Amphibious Force, Pacific Fleet, and commanded the assault forces at Attu in the Aleutians. It was during this campaign that he uttered the not-quite-immortal words "Screw the shoals, slow speed ahead!" Kinkaid advised him that (Tuohy 2006)

The gun power you have available in the battleships and destroyers should be ample to blow the hell out of the Jap installations if the ships can get in close enough to hit their targets.

Kinkaid's advice was ignored.

King was critical of Rockwell for allowing the Japanese to escape from Kiska, and saw to it that Rockwell was reassigned to command the amphibious training command of the Atlantic Fleet.

Service record

1886     

Born at South Woodstock, Connecticut
1908
Midshipman
Graduates from Naval Academy
1912

DD Jarvis
1914

Instructor, Naval Academy
1918

Commander, DD Winslow
1919

Commander, DD Thatcher
1920

Instructor, Naval Academy
1923

BB Tennessee
1926

Instructor, Naval Academy
1940-11-1
Captain
Commander, BB Nevada
1941-11-5     
Rear admiral      
Commander, 16 Naval District
1942-3-18

Commander, Submarines, Eastern Australia (TF42)
1942-8-23     

Commander, Amphibious Force, Pacific Fleet
1943-2

Commander, Amphibious Force, North Pacific Area
1944-12

Commander, Fleet Operational Training Command, Atlantic Fleet
1948
Vice admiral
Retires
1979

Dies


References

Dupuy et al. (1992)

Garfield (1965)

Morison (1951)
Pettibone (2006)
Tuohy (2007)



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