WARDER, Frederick, RADM

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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Primary NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1960-1962, 8th Naval District
Service Years
1925 - 1962
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Rear Admiral Upper Half
Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Home State
West Virginia
West Virginia
Year of Birth
1904
 
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Home Town
Grafton, West Virginia
Last Address
Ocala, Marion County, FL
Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington Virginia
Plot: Section 30, Site 1083-B

Date of Passing
Feb 01, 2000
 
Location of Interment
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WWII Navy Cross (x2)

 

RAdm Frederick Burdett "Fearless Freddie" Warder

Navy Cross with gold star second award. Legion of Merit (combat V) and two stars, second and third awards (non-combat). Bronze Star (combat V). Letter of Commendation and bronze str second award (combat V). Navy Unit Commendation and bronze star second award (combat V). Asiatic-Pacific Theater with nine stars, American Theater, Victory medal, Philippine Defense with bronze star second award. Order of Bronze Lion of Netherlands, Submarine Combat Insignia for six successful war patrols.

Frederick Burdett Warder,
a highly decorated Navy rear admiral known as "Fearless Freddie" and credited with sinking at least six Japanese ships while commanding the submarine Seawolf during World War II, died of congestive heart failure Tuesday at his home. He was 95. 

At a time when the crude submarines were not noted for torpedoes that fired with precision, Adm. Warder took charge of the Seawolf in 1939 and quickly became known as an "artist of submarining," Theodore Roscoe wrote in his book, "United States Submarine Operations in World War II."

US Navy Rear Admiral. He graduated from Annapolis Naval Academy in 1925 and then attended Submarine School in New London. He was given command of the newly commissioned submarine the USS Seawolf in 1939. During World War II he took the Seawolf out on her first seven war patrols and sunk 8 ships for a total credit of 38,900 tons. While aboard the Seawolf he was given the nickname "Fearless Freddie". For his actions during his seven war patrols he was awarded the Navy Cross. In 1952 he was promoted to Rear Admiral and became Assistant Chief of Naval Operations for Undersea Warfare in 1955. In 1957 he commanded the Submarine Force Atlantic Fleet. He retired from the Navy in 1962.

NAVY CROSS
(First Award, WWII) Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Frederick Burdett Warder, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. SEAWOLF (SS-197), during the FOURTH War Patrol of that submarine during the period 25 February 1942 to 1 April 1942, in enemy controlled waters near the coast of Java. In extremely shallow and narrow waters where very strong currents exist off the coast of Java, Lieutenant Commander Warder attacked and sank a Japanese destroyer and one large transport which were part of a heavy screened force. Off Christmas Islands, Netherlands East Indies, he made repeated attacks on enemy light cruisers which were heavily screened by destroyers, sinking one cruiser and heavily damaging two others, one of which probably sank. All attacks were followed up to short ranges in the face of active enemy opposition, and after each attack his submarine was the target of heavy, prolonged, depth-charge counter-attacks by the enemy. Through his experience and sound judgment Lieutenant Commander Warder brought his ship through unscathed. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to his officers and men and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 302 (May 1942)
Born: March 19, 1904 at Grafton, West Virginia
Home Town: Grafton, West Virginia


NAVY CROSS
(
Second Award, WWII) Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Navy Cross to Frederick Burdett Warder, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. SEAWOLF (SS-197), during the SEVENTH War Patrol of that submarine during the period 7 October 1942 to 1 December 1942, in enemy controlled waters. Taking advantage of every favorable attack with alert skill and courageous efficiency, Lieutenant Commander Warder succeeded in sinking a total of 16,8109 tons of enemy shipping and in severely damaging an additional 5,000 tons. By expert maneuvering he brought his boat safely through without material damage and his crew home without injury or loss of life. Lieutenant Commander Warders conduct throughout was an inspiration to his officers and men, and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Naval Service.

Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 315 (June 1943)
Born: March 19, 1904 at Grafton, West Virginia
Home Town: Grafton, West Virginia


   
Other Comments:

In 1942, then-Lt. Cmdr. Warder received the Navy Cross with Gold Star (in lieu of a second Navy Cross) for three duels with heavy Japanese forces in the Pacific and Indian oceans.

Although known for an aggressive battle technique, he was reputed to be thoughtful even in the crucible of a battle zone. In one of the maneuvers that would earn him the Navy Cross, the Navy's highest award for valor after the Medal of Honor, he decided not to blow up dock facilities at an inlet near Christmas Island as he waited to target the advancing Japanese navy. Not only would blasting the dock waste a torpedo, he figured, but it also would disrupt native life.

Tactically, the intact dock did not alert the Japanese to the submerged Seawolf, and Adm. Warder successfully sunk two enemy cruisers while barely escaping a rain of depth charges. Roscoe wrote in his 1949 book that Adm. Warder was "a humane man who, in the teeth of hell and high water, could find time to think about the natives on a picayune island."

Roscoe also wrote that, on other occasions, when Japanese sailors from a sunken ship refused to be taken prisoner aboard the Seawolf, Adm. Warder would order life jackets and whiskey thrown to the seamen.

Besides the Navy Cross, Adm. Warder received the Legion of Merit with three Gold Stars and Combat "V" and a Bronze Star with Combat "V," among other medals.

Adm. Warder "detested" the "Fearless Freddie" sobriquet, his daughter Grace Warder Harde said. "He knew he wasn't fearless. He was as scared as anybody in battle. . . . Everybody, he thought, was quite brave, and he didn't like to be singled out."

He was promoted to rear admiral in 1952 and became assistant chief of Naval Operations for Undersea Warfare in 1955. He commanded the Submarine Force Atlantic Fleet in 1957 and retired in 1962 after two years as commandant of the 8th Naval District in New Orleans.

Adm. Warder was born in Grafton, W.Va., and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1925 and from the Submarine School in 1928. He received a master's degree in marine engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1934 and graduated from the National War College in 1949.

   
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US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)US NavySubmarine School Officers BasicSubmarine School Officers Advanced
USS Seawolf (SS-197)Naval Submarine School, Groton, CTNational War CollegeUSS Columbus (CA-74)
COMNAVSUBFOR/Commander Submarine Force (COMSUBFOR)
  1921-1925, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1925-1927, USS Milwaukee (CL-5)
  1927-1927, Submarine School Officers Basic
  1928-1931, USS S-16 (SS-121)
  1931-1932, Submarine School Officers Advanced
  1935-1938, Submarines
  1939-1941, USS Seawolf (SS-197)
  1941-1943, USS Seawolf (SS-197)
  1943-1944, Submarines
  1944-1945, Naval Submarine School, Groton, CT
  1948-1949, National War College
  1951-1952, USS Columbus (CA-74)
  1957-1960, COMNAVSUBFOR/Commander Submarine Force (COMSUBFOR)
  1960-1962, 8th Naval District
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyUniversity of California, BerkeleyNational War CollegeNaval War College
  1921-1925, United States Naval Academy
  1932-1934, University of California, Berkeley
  1948-1949, National War College
  1948-1949, Naval War College
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  Graduated Annapolis Naval Academy in 1925
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  Rear Adm. Frederick Warder; WWII Sub Skipper
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