Bieri, Bernhard H. Sr., Vice Adm., USN (Ret.

Bieri, Bernhard H. Sr., Vice Adm., USN (Ret.)


Bieri graduated from the Naval Academy as a passed midshipman in 1911. In the ensuing years to 1919, he served in the USS Delaware (BB-28), Nashville (PG-7), Montana (ACR-13), Virginia (BB-13), and Texas (BB-35). Among his further assignments were duty as aide to Rear Admiral Augustus Fechteler; command of the USS Bailey (DD-269) and Destroyer Division 29; sonic survey of the West Coast in the USS Hull (DD-330); survey of the Alaskan cable from Seattle to Seward; various staff duties; and command of the heavy cruiser USS Chicago (CL-29). He was on the staff of Admiral Ernest J. King, Commander in Chief, U.S. Fleet. After World War II, as a vice admiral, Bieri commanded the Tenth Fleet in the Atlantic and then became Commander U.S. Naval Forces Mediterranean, a forerunner of the Sixth Fleet. He had a tour as Commandant of the 11th Naval District and then was senior naval member on a committee serving the UN Security Council. Vice Admiral Bieri retired in 1951. The final interview in his memoir is devoted to his service with Admiral King.

About this Volume

Based on seven interviews conducted by Dr. John T. Mason Jr. from July through October 1969, the volume contains 257 pages of interview transcript plus an index. The transcript is copyright 1997 by the U.S. Naval Institute; the interviewee placed no restrictions on its use. This is a revised version of the original oral history, which was issued in 1970. The new version has been completely retyped, annotated with footnotes, and given a detailed index.