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Loughlin, Charles Elliott (1910-1989)

Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired)


Based on seven interviews conducted by John T. Mason, Jr., from August 1980 through October 1980. The volume contains 355 pages of interview transcript plus an index. The transcript is copyright 1982 by the U.S. Naval Institute; the interviewee has placed no restrictions on its use.


While at the Naval Academy, Admiral Loughlin was all-American basketball player and top-flight in tennis as well. Graduated in 1933 and served in battleship New Mexico, part of the time as an assistant to Lieutenant H.G. Rickover. Then went to submarine school and served in various boats before taking command of the S-14 in the Panama area. Was CO in USS Queenfish during four war patrols, including wolf pack operations. Involved in controversial sinking of Japanese merchant ship Awa Maru in 1945. Served on various staffs, was XO of tender Orion, commanded submarine division and squadron. Was Naval Academy director of athletics and commanding officer of the oiler Mississinewa and cruiser Toledo. He was plans officer on SACLant staff, Commander Submarine Flotilla Six during the buildup of the Polaris force, and Commandant Naval District Washington. Also discusses post-retirement service as director of Naval Academy Foundation.


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