Callaghan, William, VADM

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Last Rank
Vice Admiral
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1956-1957, Commander, Western Sea Frontier
Service Years
1918 - 1957
Vice Admiral
Vice Admiral

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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1897
 
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Home Town
San Francisco
Last Address
Arlington County, Virginia
Arlington National Cemetery

Date of Passing
Jul 08, 1991
 
Location of Interment
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William McCombe Callaghan
Vice Admiral, United States Navy


Vice Admiral William McCombe Callaghan (August 8, 1897 - July 8, 1991), born in San Francisco, California, was a U.S. naval officer and the first commander of the USS Missouri (BB-63). 

Callaghan graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1918. After commanding the USS Reuben James (DE-153) in 1936, he joined the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in 1939.

In 1944, Captain Callaghan was named the first commanding officer of the Missouri, the Navy's newest battleship. 

On April 11, 1945, USS Missouri was struck by a kamikaze off the coast of Okinawa. The damage was minor, and no one died aboard this battleship except the Japanese pilot, Setsuo Ishino, whose body was recovered. Captain Callaghan insisted that the young Japanese airman had done his job to the best of his ability and with honor and deserved a military funeral. The following day, April 12, 1945, the pilot was given a military funeral at sea. 

During the Korean War, Callaghan commanded U.S. naval forces in the Far East. He retired in 1957. 

Senior commands 
In 1946, Callaghan held the rank of Rear Admiral, and in that year gave a presentation to the Naval War College on his experience in the Naval Transportation Service before the war. On October 1, 1949, he was appointed as the first commander of the Military Sea Transportation Service, which would later become the Military Sealift Command. He was promoted from Rear Admiral to Vice Admiral around this time. From 1953 to 1954, during the Korean War, he commanded the Amphibious Force of the US Pacific Fleet. From 1954 to 1956, he served as Commander, US Naval Forces Far East. He then replaced retiring Vice Admiral Francis Low as Commander of the Western Sea Frontier. He retired from the US Navy at the rank of Vice Admiral in 1957.

Admiral Callaghan died July 8, 1991, at Bethesda Naval Hospital after suffering a stroke. 
   
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William M. Callaghan a retired Navy Vice Admiral, 93, who served as Commanding Officer of the USS Missouri in World War II, died July 8, 1991 at Bethesda Naval Hospital after suffering a stroke four weeks ago. 

The California native graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1918 and served aboard a destroyer in World War I. He later assumed command of the USS Reuben James in 1936. After joining the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in 1939, he was war plans officer for logistics for the commander in chief of the Pacific Fleet. For his performance, was awarded the Legion of Merit. 

In 1944, Admiral Callaghan commissioned the USS Missouri and commanded it in operations against Tokyo, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. 

During the Korean War, he served as commander of Naval forces in the Far East. 

Years of service: 1918–1957
Rank: USN-O9, Vice Admiral
Commands held:
USS Reuben James (DD-245)
USS Missouri (BB-63)
Military Sea Transportation Service
Battles/wars:
World War I
World War II, Battle of Okinawa
Korean War
Awards:
Legion of Merit
Order of the Rising Sun
Order of the White Elephant
Order of Boyaca
Namesake: A transport ship named the GTS Admiral Wm. M. Callaghan (AKR-1001).

   
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 Duty Stations
US NavyUSS Saratoga (CV-3)CNO - OPNAVUSS Missouri (BB-63)
Naval War College (Faculty Staff)Military Sealift Command Headquarters (MSCHQ)/Military Sealift Fleet Support Command  (MSC/MSFSC)COMFIFTHFLT
  1927-1929, USS Concord (CL-10)
  1932-1933, USS Saratoga (CV-3)
  1936-1938, USS Reuben James (DD-245)
  1939-1941, CNO - OPNAV/Deputy Chief of Naval Operations
  1941-1943, Commander in Chief, Pacific Station
  1944-1945, USS Missouri (BB-63)
  1947-1947, Naval War College (Faculty Staff)
  1949-1952, Military Sealift Fleet Support Command (MSC/MSFSC)/Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS)
  1953-1954, COMFIFTHFLT/Fifth Amphibious Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet
  1954-1956, Commander Naval Forces Far East (COMNAVFE)
  1956-1957, Commander, Western Sea Frontier
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1917-1918 World War I
  1941-1945 World War II
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Iwo Jima Operation
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
  1950-1953 Korean War
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyColumbia University
  1914-1918, United States Naval Academy
  1923-1925, Columbia University
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