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Wheeler, Charles J. (1895-1981)

Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired)


Based on five interviews conducted by Etta-Belle Kitchen from June 1969 through September 1969. The volume contains 364 pages of interview transcript plus an index. The transcript is copyright 1970 by the U.S. Naval Institute; the restrictions originally placed on the transcript by the interviewee have since been removed.


After graduation in 1916, his first assignment was in the Benham, employed in escort duty in the Atlantic during World War I. He later served in battleships in the Asiatic Station and as flag lieutenant to the Commander U.S. Naval Detachment in Turkish waters. After duty in the Office of Naval Communications, he returned to sea in the West Virginia and Pennsylvania. During World War II he was CO of the cruiser Mobile, involved in bombardment of Wake Island, the occupation of Tarawa, and attacks on Kwajalein and Wotje. In 1944 he was assigned as Naval Liaison Officer with the British Pacific Fleet. He then attended the Naval War College and in 1947 was designated a member of the U.S. Naval Mission to Brazil until his retirement in 1948.


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