Fowler, Earl, Jr., VADM

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Last Rank
Vice Admiral
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1983-1985, Major Commands
Service Years
1943 - 1985
Vice Admiral
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Home Town
Jacksonville, FL
Last Address
Arlington National Cemetery

Date of Passing
Feb 08, 2008
Location of Interment
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Navy League of the United StatesMilitary Officers Association of America (MOAA)
  1950, Navy League of the United States [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1950, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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VAdm. Earl B. Fowler Jr., was a distinguished leader who reached the top of his profession in both his military and civilian careers. His service to the defense of this country and his dedication to the cause of freedom are immeasurable. To those of us he left behind, he was many things:  Husband --- Father --- Naval Officer --- Businessman --- Patriot --- Navy Leaguer --- Friend. He will be missed dearly and remembered well by all in whom he came in contact.

Born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, Earl B. Fowler enlisted in the Navy in 1943. He served sea duty tours aboard USS Leary (DDR- 879), USS Wright (CVL-48), USS Ranger (CV-4) and USS Columbia (CL-56). He graduated from Georgia Tech in 1946 and MIT in 1949 and held degrees in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. He also completed Harvard University's Advanced Management Program in later career.

He retired from the Navy in 1985 after 42 years of active service. At the pinnacle of his career he served as Commander Naval Sea Systems Command and Chief Engineer of the Navy, responsible for design, development, and procurement of all Navy ships and shipboard weapons systems. This included all Navy shipbuilding and repair, eight Naval Shipyards, all Naval Weapons Stations and the largest procurement office in the world and about one third of the Navy's budget. He had over 5,000 people in his headquarters and 115,000 in his Command.
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 Duty Stations
USS Ranger (CV-4)US NavyUSS LEARY (DDR-879)USS Wright (CVL-49)
USS Columbia (CL-56)
  1944-1945, USS Ranger (CV-4)
  1945-1949, Educational Leave
  1950-1952, USS LEARY (DDR-879)
  1953-1955, USS Wright (CVL-49)
  1956-1958, USS Columbia (CL-56)
  1958-1960, Naval Sea Units
  1960-1962, Major Commands
  1967-1971, Major Commands
  1976-1980, Major Commands
  1981-1983, Major Commands
  1983-1985, Major Commands
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1945 World War II
 Colleges Attended 
Georgia Institute of TechnologyMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyHarvard University
  1945-1946, Georgia Institute of Technology
  1947-1949, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  1969-1970, Harvard University
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Vice Adm. Earl B. Fowler2
  Sept. 29, 1925 - Feb. 8, 2008
  Arlington National Cemetery
  In Memoriam Vice Admiral Earl B. Fowler USN (RET) 1926-2008
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