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Bieri, Bernhard H. (1889-1971)

Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired)


Based on seven interviews conducted by John T. Mason, Jr., from July 1969 through October 1969. The volume contains 257 pages of interview transcript plus an index. The transcript is copyright 1997 by the U.S. Naval Institute; the interviewee has placed no restrictions on its use. This is a revised version of the original, which was issued in 1970. The new version has been completely retyped, annotated with footnotes, and given a detailed index.


In 1911, Admiral Bieri was graduated from the Naval Academy as a passed midshipman. He served in the Delaware, Nashville, Montana, Virginia, and Texas until 1919. Among his further assignments were duty as aide to Rear Admiral Augustus Fechteler; command of the USS Bailey and DesDiv 29; sonic survey of the West Coast in USS Hull; survey of the Alaskan cable from Seattle to Seward; various staff duties; and command of the heavy cruiser Chicago. He was on the staff of Admiral E. J. King, CominCh. After World War II, as a vice admiral, he commanded the Tenth Fleet in the Atlantic and then became Commander U.S. Naval Forces Mediterranean, a forerunner of the Sixth Fleet. He had a tour as Commandant of the 11th Naval District and then was senior naval member on a committee serving the United Nations Security Council. Retired in 1951. The final interview in the memoir is devoted to Bieri's service with Admiral King.


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