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“Ted” Sherman was born in Michigan and graduated
from the Academy in 1910. He served
with cruisers and battleships for several years
before transferring to submarines
in 1914. He twice attended the Naval War College before transferring to
aviation, becoming captain
of the Lexington in
Sherman was the tactician behind Brown's early carrier operations, and he
believed strongly in the value of massing carriers into a single task
After Lexington was lost at Coral Sea, with Sherman the last
man off the ship, he was transferred to the staff of the Chief of Naval
1942. He commanded carrier divisions until 1944, when he served
briefly as commander of shore-based aircraft on the West
returned to sea to command carrier task forces for the
remainder of the war. He led the Enterprise task group at Rennell Island and other task
groups in the Marshalls,
at Bougainville, during the
raid on Rabaul, at Leyte, and at Okinawa.
Sherman was an aggressive and capable carrier task
force commander, but he also had something of a chip on his shoulder.
Tuohy (2007) tells of Sherman almost colliding with a young
quartermaster on a narrow ladder:
"Son, who long have you been in the navy?"
"About a year, sir."
"Well, I've been in for forty years, and now people get out of my way when I'm coming. And when you're in forty years, they'll get out of your way. Do you understand me?"
Sherman responded to a 1943 survey of senior Navy officers with the opinion that aviators should have the dominant voice in Navy policy and should hold all the highest commands, including Nimitz'. John Towers assessed him as "Self-interest. Very unpopular with aviators because of intolerance. Able but not for high command because of personality absolutely precludes establishment of wholehearted loyalty" [sic]. His abrasive personality likely cost him the command of the Fast Carrier Task Force until the war was all but over. Sherman wrote several newspaper articles after the war attacking Spruance for his decisions at Midway and the Battle of the Philippine Sea. He was retired in 1947 for his participation in the postwar “Revolt of the Admirals” that sought to preserve an independent naval air arm.
||Born in Port Huron, Michigan
||Graduates from Naval Academy,
standing 24th in a class of 131
||Qualifies in submarines. Assigned to H-1
||Qualifies as naval aviator.
||Commander, CV Lexington
||Staff, Chief of Naval Operations
||Commander, Carrier Division 2
||Commander, Carrier Division 1
||Commander, Fleet Air, West Coast
||Commander, Carrier Division 1|
Fast Carrier Task Force
||Vice admiral||Commander, 5 Fleet
||Dies at San Diego Naval Hospital
Dupuy et al. (1992)
Center (accessed 2008-1-18)
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