Kirk, Alan, ADM

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1945-1946, Council Review Board (SECNAVCORB), Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)
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1909 - 1946

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Philadelphia, PA

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Oct 15, 1963
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Alan Goodrich Kirk (born October 30, 1888, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; died October 1963, Washington, D.C.) was an admiral in the United States Navy and an American diplomat.

He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1909 and served in the United States Navy during World War I and World War II. During his wartime naval service, Alan Kirk became the U.S. naval attaché in London (1939 to 1941). He was Director of the Office of Naval Intelligence from March 1941 but, obstructed and opposed by Rear Admiral Richmond Turner, he was unable to develop the office into an effective centre along the lines of the British Royal Naval Operational Intelligence Centre (which he had seen whilst in London). Eventually, he requested a transfer to an Atlantic destroyer squadron.

Kirk served as an amphibious commander in the Mediterranean in 1942 and 1943 (the Allied invasion of Sicily and Italy). In addition, he was the senior U.S. naval commander during the Normandy landings of June 6, 1944 embarked on the heavy cruiser USS Augusta (CA-31), and as Commander U.S. Naval Forces, France during 1944 and 1945. He retired from the Navy as a full admiral in 1946.

Kirk subsequently served as U.S. Ambassador to Belgium, 1946-49; Soviet Union, 1949-51; China (Taiwan), 1962-63 and as U.S. Minister to Luxembourg, 1946-49.

Admiral Alan G. Kirk took his post as the second president of Amcomlib, in February 1952. As a former U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union, he oversaw the recruitment of emigres in New York and Munich, a group that would later form the core of Radio Liberty's staff. Less than a year after taking office, Kirk was forced to resign due to poor health. Also in 1952, he served briefly as Director of the Psychological Strategy Board, which planned for and coordinated government psychological operations.

Kirk served as United States Ambassador to the Republic of China (Taiwan) from June 1962 to January 1963 during the Kennedy administration.

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US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)US NavyNaval Attache/Asst Naval Attache, CNO - OPNAVOffice of Naval Intelligence (ONI)
COMDESRON 7, COMCARSTRKGRU FIFTEENCommander Naval Amphibious Forces Atlalntic (COMPHIBLANT)Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)
  1905-1909, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1931-1932, USS Schenck (DD-159)
  1936-1937, USS Milwaukee (CL-5)
  1939-1941, Naval Attache/Asst Naval Attache, CNO - OPNAV
  1941-1942, Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI)
  1943-1944, Commander Naval Amphibious Forces Atlalntic (COMPHIBLANT)
  1945-1946, Council Review Board (SECNAVCORB), Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Sicily Campaign (1943)
  1944-1944 Normandy Campaign (1944)/Operation Overlord
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United States Naval Academy
  1905-1909, United States Naval Academy
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