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Naval Historical Center #NH 50002.
Cropped by author.
William Furlong was chief of the Bureau of Ordnance in 1939 and was instrumental in the decision to purchase a Bofors antiaircraft gun for evaluation by the Navy. By late 1941 he commanded the minecraft of Pacific Fleet
and was on his flagship, Oglala,
when the Japanese struck at Pearl Harbor. He discovered that
he was the senior officer present afloat and ordered the fleet to sortie.
Subsequently promoted to commandant of the Pearl
Harbor Navy Yard, Furlong
oversaw the salvage of Oklahoma.
||Commander, BB West
||Chief, Bureau of Ordnance|
Battle Force, Pacific Fleet
||Commandant, Pearl Harbor Navy Yard
||Acting commander, 14
Bureau of Ordnance #75: Guns and Mounts (accessed 2013-3-30)
Historical Center (accessed 2009-7-4)
USSWestVirginia.org (accessed 2009-7-4)
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