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Michaelis, Frederick H. (1917-1992)

Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired)


Based on five interviews conducted by John T. Mason, Jr., from November 1981 through April 1982. The volume contains 172 pages of interview transcript plus an index. The transcript is copyright 1996 by the U.S. Naval Institute; the interviewee has placed no restrictions on its use.


A 1940 graduate of the Naval Academy, Michaelis reported to the fleet flagship Pennsylvania (BB-38) and became involved in an early installation of radar. After surviving the attack on Pearl Harbor, he went to flight training in Pensacola and qualified as a naval aviator. In the latter part of World War II he was in VF-12, which he eventually commanded. After postgraduate education in aeronautical engineering, he was involved in nuclear weapons development, commanded Air Group 11 in the Kearsarge (CVA-11), served on the AirPac staff and with the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Air. He was executive officer of the Randolph (CVA-15), skipper of the oiler Tolovana (AO-64), underwent nuclear power training, served in the Plans and Policy section of OpNav and in 1963 became second CO of the nuclear-powered carrier Enterprise (CVAN-65). As a flag officer he was ComCarDiv 9, on the staff of DCNO (Air), as deputy of the Joint Strategic Target Planning Staff, as Commander Naval Air Force Atlantic Fleet from 1972 to 1975, and finally as the four-star Chief of Naval Material from 1975 until his retirement in 1978.


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