WOLFE, Malcolm, CAPT

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Line Officer
Primary Unit
1964-1965, Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV)
Service Years
1934 - 1965

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Home Town
Aransas Pass, Texas
Last Address
Riverside National Cemetery
Riverside CA

Date of Passing
Sep 03, 2004
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 30

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Pearl Harbor Memorial Medallion US Navy Honorable Discharge Blue Star

 Military Association Memberships
United States Naval Academy Alumni Association
  1941, United States Naval Academy Alumni Association - Assoc. Page

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Captain Malcolm E. Wolfe
WWII Navy fighter pilot

Malcolm E. Wolfe stood watch on the deck of a Navy destroyer on a quiet evening, diverting his eyes into a textbook.

Given a choice, he would have been in a college classroom, pursuing an education that had been denied him for lack of money.

A first class petty officer noticed his interest in the book and asked if he had ever heard of the U.S. Naval Academy. He hadn't.

But by the end of the evening, the Texas farm boy who had graduated at the top of his high school class was filing an application for a Naval Academy entrance exam.

The application, radio-telegraphed from the ship, reached its destination minutes before the midnight deadline.

Malcolm E. Wolfe passed the fleet examination, spent a year in a preparatory school and graduated in the 1941 Naval Academy class.

He would go on to earn the Distinguished Flying Cross and two Air Medals as a World War II fighter pilot during a naval career that spanned 31 years.

He was a Pearl Harbor Survivor and entered flight training after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and was assigned to Bombing Squadron 10 aboard the aircraft carrier Intrepid in 1944.

On his squadron's first combat mission, Capt. Wolfe's executive officer was shot down. Capt. Wolfe took the wounded officer's command and went on to earn a Distinguished Flying Cross for action against Japanese forces in the Inland Sea in March 1945.

He was cited for his attack on two Japanese battleships and a carrier amid anti-aircraft fire and the threat of enemy aircraft.

In 1947, Capt. Wolfe returned to his first love, aircraft, as a test pilot of some of the Navy's first jets. He was the 23rd aviator to test-fly the McDonnell Douglas Banshee at Patuxent River Naval Air Test Center in Maryland.

Capt. Wolfe returned to the Naval Academy in 1956 to direct the academic division of the Executive Department, which preceded the Naval Leadership and Law Department.

During his two-year assignment, he hired the department's first civilian instructors and wrote "Selected Readings in Naval Leadership" and "Naval Leadership."

Translated for use by foreign navies, the books were especially popular in Japan and China. By 2002, more than 70,000 copies of "Naval Leadership" had been published in Japanese for use by the Japanese Maritime Defense Force.

In 1965, Capt. Wolfe retired from active duty as a member of the Pacific Fleet Board of Inspection and Survey at San Diego Naval Training Center, where he had begun his career as an enlisted man in 1934.

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Captain Malcolm E. Wolfe Naval Leadership Prize

The Captain Malcolm E. Wolfe Naval Leadership Prize is presented to that midshipman of the graduating class who is determined by the Commandant to stand highest in leadership, conduct and aptitude for commissioning. The award is funded by royalities from the sale of Naval Leadership, thanks to the generosity of the author, Captain Malcolm E. Wolfe, Class of 1941.
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1934, Recruit Training (San Diego, CA)
  1936, Naval Sea Cadet Program (Recruit Training Waiver)
 Duty Stations
RTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) San Diego, CASchool Assignments - StaffVB-10USS Intrepid (CV-11)
NAS Patuxent River (NASPAX)VA-174 Hell RazorsUS Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV)
  1934-1934, RTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) San Diego, CA
  1942-1943, Naval Flight Training
  1943-1944, Bombers School
  1944-1945, VB-10
  1944-1945, USS Intrepid (CV-11)
  1947-1947, NAS Patuxent River (NASPAX)
  1951-1952, VA-174 Hell Razors
  1956-1958, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1964-1965, Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1945-1945 Okinawa Gunto Operation/East of Kyushu
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