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Ansel, Walter C. (1897-1977)

Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired)


Based on seven interviews conducted by John T. Mason, Jr., from September 1970 through December 1980. The volume contains 249 pages of interview transcript plus an index and appendices. The transcript is copyright 1972 by the U.S. Naval Institute; the restrictions originally placed on the transcript by the interviewee have since been removed.


A 1918 graduate of the Naval Academy, Admiral Ansel served on convoy escort duty in the closing months of World War I. He had a variety of duty in the interwar years, including study of amphibious warfare, service on board the cruiser Milwaukee, at the Naval Academy, and command of the destroyer Bulmer and Destroyer Division 14. During a tour in the War Plans Division of OpNav just prior to World War II, he observed the poor state of U.S. Navy war planning. He was first CO of the oiler Winooski, then had staff duty for the planning of the invasions of North Africa, Sicily, and Southern France. In 1944-1945, he commanded the light cruiser Philadelphia, including support duty in the Mediterranean. After postwar staff duty in the support force off Japan, he was on a SecNav Board and then served 1947-1949 as subchief of the U.S. naval mission to Brazil. Retired in 1949.


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