Fletcher, Frank Jack

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Fletcher (1885-1973) was a career naval officer who graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1906. In 1914 he participated in the American occupation of Vera Cruz, Mexico, and during World War I served aboard several ships in European waters. While stationed on the U.S.S. Sacramento, he was involved in suppression of the Colorum insurrection in the Philippines in 1924. Fletcher was commander of the U.S.S. New Mexico from 1936-1941 and was commander of Cruiser Division Six at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked on December 7, 1941. In 1942 he commanded American naval forces at the Battle of the Coral Sea and was senior task force commander at the Battle of Midway. From November 1942-1945, Fletcher commanded naval forces in the North Pacific from the Alaskan island of Adak. He retired with the rank of Rear Admiral in 1947.

From the description of Papers, 1897-1973. (University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center). WorldCat record id: 31529289

Frank Jack Fletcher, U.S. Naval officer, was born in 1885. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1906. He was a graduate of both the Army and the Naval War Colleges. He was Chief of Staff U.S. Asiatic Fleet; aide to SECNAV; CO, USS New Mexico and as RADM, CO Cruiser Division 3 and 6. During WWII, he took part in the battles of Coral Sea, Midway and Guadalcanal in 1942, and the relief of Wake Island. He was relieved of command by ADM E. J. King, but was later promoted to admiral. He died in 1973.

From the description of Papers, 1930-1946. (Naval War College). WorldCat record id: 46427930

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creatorOf Fletcher, Frank Jack. Papers, 1930-1946. Naval War College, Henry E. Eccles Library
creatorOf Fletcher, Frank Jack. Papers, 1897-1973. University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center
referencedIn General Records of the Department of the Navy. 1941 - 2004. Moving Images Relating to Military Activities. 1947 - 1980. CHANGE OF NORPAC COMMAND ABOARD USS PANAMINT
referencedIn John N. Rupp collection, 1943-1991 1944-1945. Anchorage Museum Atwood Resource Center, ANCHORAGE MUSEUM OF HIST & ART LI
referencedIn Spurlock, Roy T., 1921-. Reminiscence, August 9, 1942. Naval War College, Henry E. Eccles Library
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associatedWith Baldwin, Hanson Weightman, 1903-1991. person
associatedWith Forrestal, James, 1892-1949. person
associatedWith King, Ernest Joseph, 1878-1956. person
associatedWith Morison, Samuel Eliot, 1887-1976. person
associatedWith New Mexico (Battleship) corporateBody
associatedWith Nimitz, Chester W. (Chester William), 1885-1966. person
associatedWith Spurlock, Roy T., 1921- person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Veracruz (Veracruz, Mexico)
Pacific Ocean
Adak Island (Alaska)
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns
World War, 1914-1918--Naval operations
World War, 1939-1945--Naval operations, American
Coral Sea, Battle of the, 1942
Midway, Battle of, 1942
Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Attack on, 1941


Birth 1885-04-29

Death 1973-04-25



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