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Wylie, Joseph C., Jr. (1911-1993)

Wylie, Joseph C., Jr. , Rear<br />
Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired)

Wylie, Joseph C., Jr. (1911-1993)
Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired)

Based on two interviews conducted by Paul Stillwell in May 1985. The volume contains 115 pages of interview transcript plus an index and two appendices. The transcript is copyright 2003 by the U.S. Naval Institute; the interviewee has placed no restrictions on its use.

After graduation from the Naval Academy in 1932, Wylie served in the heavy cruiser Augusta (CA-31) under Captain Chester Nimitz. He had duty in the Naval Academy’s executive department and was in the commissioning crews of three destroyers: Reid (DD-369), Bristol (DD-453), and Fletcher (DD-445). The latter was in the famous 12-13 November night surface action off Guadalcanal. Later in the war he commanded the destroyer minesweeper Trever (DMS-16) and the destroyer Ault (DD-698). His personal letters in the appendices give further details on his wartime destroyer experiences. Other tours of duty described in the volume include the Office of Naval Research, the Naval War College as student and staff member, and the Destroyer Flotilla One staff. He commanded the attack cargo ship Arneb (AKA-56) and heavy cruiser Macon (CA-132) and was Commander Cruiser-Destroyer Flotilla Nine. Later staff duty was with Commander Amphibious Group Two, in OpNav, and for Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic and Commander in Chief Atlantic Fleet. Before retiring in 1972, he rounded out his career as Deputy Commander in Chief U.S. Naval Forces Europe and, finally, as Commandant of the First Naval District. Admiral Wylie was a delightful storyteller and an officer with a broad view of naval operations.


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