Sieglaff, William Bernard, 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
1964-1966, 000X, 5th Naval District
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Home State
Minnesota
Minnesota
Year of Birth
1908
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Albert Lea
Last Address
Albert Lea, Minnesota


Date of Passing
Aug 16, 1995
 
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

US Pacific Command US Navy Retired 30


 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Order of the Arctic Circle (Bluenose) Order of the Golden Dragon


 Military Association Memberships
United States Naval Academy Alumni AssociationMilitary Order of Foreign Wars of the United StatesSubmarine Veterans of WW IIMilitary Order of the World Wars (MOWW)
  1931, United States Naval Academy Alumni Association [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1941, Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1945, Submarine Veterans of WW II
  1945, Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW)


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William Bernard Sieglaff, known throughout his life as Barney, was born in Albert Lea, Minnesota, on July 6, 1908. He attended high school in Los Angeles, CA and graduated from the US Naval Academy with the class of 193l. His first active duty assignment was on the USS Oklahoma. He next attended the sub school at the sub base in New London (Groton), CT and upon graduation was assigned to the USS S-37, a member of the Atlantic Fleet, and served on her from February, '34 to February, '37.

He was then assigned to Mare Island, CA for the fitting out of the USS Pompano, and served on that boat from her commissioning in June, '37 until May,'38.

Returning to Annapolis, he had further instruction in Naval Engineering in '38 and '39 and then was transferred to MIT, from which he received his MS degree in June, '41. He then became Engineering Officer of Submarine Division 62 and was serving at Pearl Harbor in December, '41. He continued duty with Division 62 in the Australian area until November, '42, when he assumed command of the USS Tautog, skippering that boat on seven successful war patrols. From June, '44 until April '45 he commanded the USS Tench in both the Pacific and Atlantic areas.

During the closing months of the war, he served on the staff of COMSUBPAC as Special Projects Officer (responsible for "Operation Barney" which sent a wolfpack of subs into Tokyo harbor), Force Engineer and Flag Secretary. At war's end and the onset of the occupation of Japan, he commanded the captured Japanese sub I-400.

He returned to the US in '47, and was assigned to the Navy Department where he served as Placement Officer (Submarines) in the bureau of Naval Personnel. In July, '49, he assumed command of Submarine Division 81 in the Atlantic and in August, '50, he was designated Commander Submarine Development Group 2, Atlantic. In June, '51, he reported as OIC of the Submarine School in Groton, and in June, '52, he was designated Commander of the Submarine Base and Commander of the New London Group, Atlantic Reserve Fleet.

He attended the National War College from August, '53 to June, '54 and next served as Chief of Staff and Aide to COMSUBPAC. From September '55 through October '57 he had successive command of the fleet oiler USS Allagash and the heavy cruiser USS Albany. In November, '57, he served in the Navy Department in the office of the Chief of Naval Operations. His promotion to the rank of Rear Admiral became effective on October 1, 1959.

He served the Commander in Chief, Allied Forces, Mediterranean, as Deputy Chief of Staff (Intelligence) from September, '59 through December, '60 and from that date until December, '61 he was Commander Cruiser Division TWO, Atlantic Fleet. In January, '62 he assumed duties as Director of Personnel on the Joint Chiefs of Staff and in January, '64, he reported to his final posting as Commandant, First Naval District, Boston, Massachusetts. He retired from active duty in June, '66.

For his war service Admiral Sieglaff was awarded two Navy Crosses, three Silver Stars and two Legions of Merit. The Tautog was awarded the Naval Unit Commendation for its successful patrols under his command.


   
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Navy Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Commander William Bernard Sieglaff (NSN: 0-70125), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. TAUTOG (SS-199), on the FIFTH and SIXTH War Patrols of that submarine during the period 15 December 1942 to 19 April 1943, in enemy controlled waters of the Pacific War Area. During this period of intense activity, Lieutenant Commander Sieglaff distinguished himself by his brilliant tactical knowledge and sound judgment in maneuvering his vessel into advantageous striking positions so skillfully and aggressively as to destroy three hostile merchant ships, a destroyer and three smaller craft, totaling 13,690 tons, and to damage an additional 9,750 tons consisting of a light cruiser and a tanker. Through his excellent direction of these hazardous operations he was able to complete his vital missions successfully, without serious damage to his ship, despite persistent and violent enemy counter measures. The expert professional ability and valiant devotion to duty displayed by Lieutenant Commander Sieglaff under extremely adverse conditions contributed greatly to the efforts of our forces against a determined and desperate enemy and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander 7th Fleet: Serial 01251 (June 20, 1943)

Action Date: December 15, 1942 - April 19, 1943

Service: Navy

Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Company: Commanding Officer

Division: U.S.S. Tautog (SS-199)




(Second Award)

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Navy Cross to Commander William Bernard Sieglaff (NSN: 0-70125), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. TAUTOG (SS-199), on the TENTH War Patrol of that submarine during the period 5 to 25 March 1944, in enemy controlled waters of the Pacific War Area. Displaying expert seamanship, Commander Sieglaff directed his ship in attacks on heavily escorted enemy convoys and, despite premature torpedoes and hostile countermeasures, tenaciously pursued his targets to sink five enemy freighters totaling 17,736 tons and to damage two additional freighters totaling 8,000 tons. In spire of the enemy's concentrated efforts to the contrary, he succeeded in bringing his ship to port undamaged. By his forceful initiative and leadership, Commander Sieglaff contributed materially to the over-all success of the Allied operations and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander in Chief Pacific: Serial 02476 (June 13, 1944)

Action Date: March 5 - 23, 1944

Service: Navy

Rank: Commander

Company: Commanding Officer

Division: U.S.S. Tautog (SS-199)




Silver Star

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Lieutenant Commander William Bernard Sieglaff (NSN: 0-70125), United States Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. TAUTOG (SS-199), on the SEVENTH War Patrol of that submarine during the period 11 May to 2 July 1943, in enemy controlled waters of the Pacific War Area. By his courage, skill and tenacious action, Lieutenant Commander Sieglaff succeeded in sinking and damaging an important amount of enemy shipping. Through his experience and sound judgment Lieutenant Commander Sieglaff brought his ship safely back to port. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to his officers and men and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander in Chief Pacific: Serial 40

Action Date: May 11 - July 2, 1943

Service: Navy

Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Company: Commanding Officer

Division: U.S.S. Tautog (SS-199)


(Second Award)

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star to Commander William Bernard Sieglaff (NSN: 0-70125), United States Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. TAUTOG (SS-199), on the EIGHTH War Patrol of that submarine during the period 7 October to 18 November 1943, in enemy controlled waters of the Pacific War Area. Carrying out three skillfully executed attacks on heavily escorted hostile convoys, Commander Sieglaff sank or damaged several enemy ships. On another occasion, he maneuvered his craft close inshore and daringly bombarded a Japanese phosphate plant, causing severe damage. Subsequently, spotting a hostile convoy, he tenaciously pursued the enemy and, although all torpedoes had been expended, maintained contact and furnished information, enabling another submarine to locate and attack the hostile vessels. By his superb seamanship and the indomitable fighting spirit of his valiant command, he returned his ship through severe enemy countermeasures safe to port. His inspiring leadership was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander in Chief Pacific: Serial 0473 (February 18, 1944)

Action Date: October 7 - November 18, 1943

Service: Navy

Rank: Commander

Company: Commanding Officer

Division: U.S.S. Tautog (SS-199)


(Third Award)

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Second Gold Star in lieu of a Third Award of the Silver Star to Commander William Bernard Sieglaff (NSN: 0-70125), United States Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. TAUTOG (SS-199), on the NINTH War Patrol of that submarine during the period 12 December 1943 to 30 January 1944, in enemy controlled waters of the Pacific War Area. By a series of five aggressive torpedo attacks during this patrol, Commander Sieglaff succeeded in sinking two enemy freighters totaling 9,000 tons and damaging three other freighters totaling 20,000 tons. Although severely depth charged, and on one occasion he received an aerial bombing attack, he skillfully evaded serous damage. Through his experience and sound judgment Commander Sieglaff brought his ship safely back to port. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to his officers and men and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander in Chief Pacific: Serial 01489 (April 18, 1944)

Action Date: December 12, 1943 - January 30, 1944

Service: Navy

Rank: Commander

Company: Commanding Officer

Division: U.S.S. Tautog (SS-199)





   
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 Duty Stations
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)US NavyNaval Education and Training Command (NETC) (Faculty Staff)USS S-37 (SS-142)
USS Pompano (SS-181)Naval Postgraduate School (Faculty Staff)NAVSUBASE Pearl HarborUSS Tautog (SS-199)
USS Tench (SS-417)COMNAVSUBFORUS Pacific Command (USCINCPAC/USPACOM)USCINCLANT
Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)Submarine Division 71COMNAVSUBFOR/COMSUBLANTCOMNAVSUBFOR/COMSUBDEVGRU TWO (CSDG-2)
Naval Submarine School, Groton, CTNAVSUBASE New London/GrotonCOMNAVSUBFOR/COMSUBPACUSS Allagash (AO-97)
USS Albany (CA-123)CNO - OPNAVCommander Naval Forces Europe/Commander Sixth Fleet (CNE-C6F)/Fleet Ocean Surveillance Information Facility (FOSIF) RotaJoint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)
  1927-1931, 110X, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1931-1933, 110X, Naval Sea Units
  1931-1933, 110X, USS Oklahoma (BB-37)
  1933-1934, 117X, Submarine Training Facility (SUBTRAFAC)
  1934-1937, 117X, USS S-37 (SS-142)
  1937-1938, 117X, USS Pompano (SS-181)
  1938-1939, 117X, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1939-1941, 117X, Naval Postgraduate School (Faculty Staff)/NPS MIT Boston MA (Faculty Staff)
  1941-1942, 144X, NAVSUBASE Pearl Harbor
  1941-1942, 144X, Submarine Division 62
  1942-1942, 144X, Commander South Pacific Area and South Pacific Force (COMSOPAC)/Commander, Eastern Australia Submarine Group
  1942-1944, 112X, Submarines
  1942-1944, 112X, USS Tautog (SS-199)
  1944-1945, 112X, USS Tench (SS-417)
  1944-1946, 112X, COMNAVSUBFOR
  1944-1946, 112X, US Pacific Command (USCINCPAC/USPACOM)
  1945-1945, 112X, USCINCLANT
  1947-1949, 120X, Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)/Enlisted Personnel Distribution Office (EPDO CONUS)
  1949-1950, 112X, Submarine Division 71
  1949-1950, 112X, COMNAVSUBFOR/COMSUBLANT
  1950-1951, 112X, COMNAVSUBFOR/COMSUBDEVGRU TWO (CSDG-2)
  1951-1952, 9420, Naval Submarine School, Groton, CT
  1952-1953, 112X, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1954-1955, 000X, COMNAVSUBFOR/COMSUBPAC
  1955-1956, 111X, USS Allagash (AO-97)
  1956-1957, 111X, USS Albany (CA-123)
  1957-1959, 000X, CNO - OPNAV
  1959-1966, 163X, Commander Naval Forces Europe/Commander Sixth Fleet (CNE-C6F)/Fleet Ocean Surveillance Information Facility (FOSIF) Rota
  1960-1961, 111X, Commander, Cruiser Division TWO
  1962-1964, 000X, Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)
  1964-1966, 000X, 5th Naval District
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1943 Submarine War Patrols
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1943-1943 Submarine War Patrols
  1943-1943 Submarine War Patrols
  1943-1944 Submarine War Patrols
  1944-1944 Submarine War Patrols
  1945-1945 Submarine War Patrols
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyNaval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CANaval War College
  1927-1931, United States Naval Academy
  1939-1941, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  1939-1941, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
  1953-1954, Naval War College
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