ADMIRAL FRANK JACK FLETCHER
Classmates Lead in the Pacific War
Frank Jack Fletcher was born in Marshalltown, Iowa, on 29 April 1885.
Appointed to the U. S. Naval Academy from his native state in 1902,
he graduated from Annapolis on 12 February 1906 and was commissioned
an Ensign on 13 February 1908 following the required two years at sea.
Frank went off to the Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md, in 1902. Each Senator and Representative may recommend two candidates for midshipmen each year. The candidate must be between sixteen and twenty years of age at the time of the examination for admission. Candidates must be physically sound and over five foot two and at least 105 pounds at age 16 and, these numbers increase with age. The entrance examination is on Grammar, Geography, U.S. and World History, and Arithmetic. If the candidate passes, he immediately goes to the Academy. The course of study is six years – four years at the Academy and two years at sea followed by an examination for final graduation and assignment to one of the lower ranks of officers of the Navy or Marine Corps.
Frank Jack graduated 26th in his class of 1906 with high marks in conduct, efficiency, ordinance, and seamanship.
During the four years at Annapolis Naval Academy, a midshipman develops a passing or close acquaintanceship with members of seven classes, in his case, the classes of 1903 through 1909. This group was to comprise much of the naval leadership during World War Two. Twenty two of 116 graduates of his class achieved flag rank. Names from that seven year period that earned fame in the War include :
- Seniors, class of 1903 when he arrived were :
Harold Stark, Chief of Naval Operations ;
Walter Anderson, Battleship Division 4 flag on Maryland.
Richard S. Edwards, DCofS CNO, DCNO.
S. N. Robinson, Office of Procurement
- Juniors class of '04 :
Husband Kimmel, CINCPAC
William Halsey, Third Fleet
- Sophomores class of '05 :
Chester Nimitz, CINCPAC
Royal Ingersoll CINCLANT
H.Fairfax Leary, CruiDiv9, SW Pacific Area, Com EastSeaFron.
Albert Church, Nimitz roommate, flag officer
John Newton, DCINCPAC
William Furlong, Mine Force
- Fletcher's class of 1906 :
Robert Ghormley, SoPacArea
William Calhoun, Commander Service Force Pacific (ComServPac) 1939-45. VAdm 16 Jun 1942
Leigh Noyes, Ch. Inspections
William Glassford, ABDA
Frank Jack Fletcher, Task Force Commander. VAdm June 1942
John Towers, DCINCPAC
Milo Draemel, flag officer
Isaac Kidd, Battleship One, died USS Arizona
John McCain, BuAir
John Howard Hoover, Central Pacific, VAdm 01Jan43
Aubrey Fitch, ComNavalAirForces S.Pac Sep'42 -mid'44. VAdm 28 Dec 1942
- The class behind him, '07 :
Robert Theobald, TF 8, Alaska
Raymond Spruance, TF Commander; Ch Staff, Fifth Fleet
H. Kent Hewit, Commander, U.S. Eighth Fleet (COMEIGHTHFLT), 1943–1945. VAdm 03Apr45
Richard Edwards, DCNO
Daniel J. Callaghan, NavAid FDR, TF Commander, died Naval Battle of Guadalcanal
Norman Scott, Capt Pensacola,RAdm Cruisers at Guadalcanal TF Commander, died Naval Battle of Guadalcanal
William Purnell, Ch Staff Asiatic
Patric Bellinger, Patrol Wing 2 P.H., Atlantic Air
- Two years behind, '08 :
Richmond Turner, Amphibious
Thomas Kinkaid, Seventh Fleet ;
Arthur S. Carpender, Comm DD Atlantic Fleet 1941-1942, SWPac 1942-1943
Willis Lee, Battleships
Alan G. Kirk, Mediterranean
Lloyd Stark, Gov Mo.
Marc Mitscher (grad '10), Fast Carrier Forces
- Entered when he was in his senior year, class of 1909
Theodore Wilkinson, ONI
Franklin Valkenburgh, Captain, Arizona
Jesse Oldendorf, Battleship Squadron
Jonas Ingram, CINCLANT
Class Rank Seq., Title is usually highest in career.
Sequence is graduation order.
In Bitter Tempest : The Biography Of Admiral Frank Jack Fletcher
by Stephen D. Regan,
Hardback, 288 pages. Publisher : Iowa State University Press, December 1993
ISBN : 0813807786
Black Shoe Carrier Admiral : Frank Jack Fletcher at Coral Sea, Midway, and Guadalcanal
by John B. Lundstrom
Hardback, 838 pages. Publisher : Naval Institute Press, 2006
ISBN : 1-59114-475-2
Fletcher, Task Force Commander ; the early years of the Pacific War NEW click here
by James Bauer
Hard cover and Trade paperback, 256 pages, illustrated, tables, charts.
Manorborn Press, November 2010. ISBN : 978-0-9830502-0-9
USNA Class of 1906
Signal Numbers 1941
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