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Wright, Jerauld B. (1898-1995)


Photograph of Jerauld B. Wright

Naval Historical Center #NH 55871.

Cropped by author.

Jerauld Wright was part of the clandestine Clark mission to Algeria that preceded Operation TORCH and commanded the operation to rescue Giraud from southern France. He subsequently participated in the Sicily and Salerno landings before transferring to the Pacific to command of Santa Fe and participation in the Central Pacific campaign. Promoted to flag rank, he commanded the decoy group during the Okinawa invasion.

Wright was praised postwar by Washington Post for his combination of strength of conviction, diplomatic skills, and personal modesty.

Service record

1898

Born at Amherst, Massachusetts
1917
Ensign
Graduates from Naval Academy
1918
Lieutenant

1924

Naval aide to the President
1929

Naval aide to the President
1941
Captain Commander, BB Mississippi
1943-12

Commander, CL Santa Fe
1944-10     
Rear admiral     
Commander, Amphibian Group 5
1945-10

Commander, Cruiser Division 6
1948-11-24     

Commander, Amphibious Force, Atlantic Fleet
1952-6-14     
Vice admiral
Commander, Naval Forces Europe
1954-4
Admiral Commander, Atlantic Fleet/Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic
1960

Retires. Member, CIA Board of Estimates
1963

Ambassador to Taiwan
1995-4-27

Dies at Washington, D.C.

References

Arlington National Cemetary Website (accessed 2013-9-3)

Morison (1959)

Naval Historical Center (accessed 2011-5-7)
Pettibone (2006)



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