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Irvin, William D. (1905-1993)

Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired)

 Based on 11interviews conducted by John T. Mason, Jr., from March 1978 through October 1978. The volume contains 673 pages of interview transcript plus an index. The transcript is copyright 1980 by the U.S. Naval Institute; the interviewee has placed no restrictions on its use.

After Naval Academy graduation in 1927, served in Atlantic and Asiatic fleets. In 1932 attended submarine school and then reported to S-48, in which Lieutenant H.G. Rickover was XO. Served in various submarines in late 1930s and early 1940s; commanded USS Nautilus during three war patrols in middle of World War II. She provided photo reconnaissance of beaches of Tarawa, Apamama, and Makin before invasions. Later commanded Submarine Squadron Two; was CO, Service School Command at Great Lakes; attended Naval War College; served on SubPac staff; liaison between CinCNELM and Commanding General U.S. Forces Austria. Commanded command ships Adirondack and Northampton. While Commander Service Force Pacific Fleet he initiated automatic data processing and was involved in planning for Naval Support Activity Danang. From 1965 to 1967, commanded Pacific Area of Military Sea Transportation Service.


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