Mack, William Paden, VADM

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Last Rank
Vice Admiral
Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1972-1975, 111X, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
Service Years
1937 - 1975
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Order of the Golden Dragon
Neptune Subpoena
Order of the Rock
Panama Canal
Plank Owner
Suez Canal
Vice Admiral
Vice Admiral

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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1915
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
San Francisco
Last Address
Annapolis, Maryland

Date of Passing
Jan 15, 2003
 
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Joint Chiefs of Staff Office of the Secretary of Defense US Pacific Command Defense Information Systems Agency

US Navy Retired 30 NATO Standing Naval Forces Atlantic


 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Cold War Medal Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club Order of the Golden Dragon

Efficiency Excellence Award


 Military Association Memberships
United States Naval Academy Alumni AssociationMilitary Order of Foreign Wars of the United StatesThe National Association of Destroyer Veterans (Tin Can Sailors)Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW)
Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA)Veterans of the Vietnam War
  1937, United States Naval Academy Alumni Association - Assoc. Page
  1941, Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1941, The National Association of Destroyer Veterans (Tin Can Sailors) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1943, Amphibious Forces Veterans Association, US Navy
  1945, Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW)
  1952, Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1972, Veterans of the Vietnam War


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Vice Admiral William P. Mack, USN
1937-1975


He served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam wars aboard USS Idaho, USS John D. Ford, USS Preston, and commanded USS Woodworth, USS Anderson, DESDIV 22, DESRON 28, and PHIBGRU 2.  As Commander Seventh Fleet he was responsible for the successful mining of Haiphong Harbor in the Vietnam War. Staff assignments included Amphibious Force Pacific, DESFLOT 1, CRUDESPAC, offices of the CNO, SECNAV, and SECDEF.  His final tour was as Superintendent of the Naval Academy where he helped break down barriers to admission with respect to race and gender.  He earned the Silver Star Medal, Bronze Star Medal, and Navy Distinguished Service Medal.  VADM Mack also authored over 13 books, including standards in the Navy: “Command at Sea”; “Naval Ceremonies, Customs and Traditions”; and the “Naval Officer’s Guide”. Vice Admiral William P. Mack, an officer of diverse talents and abilities, served his country with distinction over five decades and three wars.

   
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 Duty Stations
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)US NavyCommander Naval Amphibious Forces Pacific (COMPHIBPAC)USS Preston (DD-795)
USS Richard B. Anderson (DD-786)COMCRUDESPACBureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)National War College
Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)CNO - OPNAV/Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO)Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)Commander, Naval Surface Force, Atlantic (COMNAVSURFLANT)/DESRON 28
Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)COMPHIBGRU 2 (CPG 2)Office of the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF)COMSEVENTHFLT
  1933-1937, 110X, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1937-1939, 110X, USS Idaho (BB-42)
  1939-1942, 111X, USS John D.Ford (DD-228)
  1942-1944, 111X, Commander Naval Amphibious Forces Pacific (COMPHIBPAC)
  1943-1944, 111X, USS Pennsylvania (BB-38)
  1944-1944, 111X, USS Preston (DD-795)
  1944-1946, 111X, USS Woodworth (DD-460)
  1949-1950, 111X, USS Richard B. Anderson (DD-786)
  1950-1952, 111X, COMCRUDESFLOT 1
  1952-1953, 111X, COMCRUDESPAC
  1953-1955, 111X, Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)
  1955-1956, 111X, National War College
  1956-1957, 111X, Commander Destroyers, Battle Force/COMDESDIV 242
  1957-1958, 111X, Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)
  1958-1959, 111X, Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO)/DCNO (Operations)
  1959-1961, 111X, Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)
  1961-1962, 111X, Commander, Naval Surface Force, Atlantic (COMNAVSURFLANT)/DESRON 28
  1962-1963, 111X, Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)
  1963-1966, 111X, Director of Management (DOM)/Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO)
  1966-1967, 111X, COMPHIBGRU 2 (CPG 2)
  1967-1969, 111X, Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)/Office of Legislative Affairs
  1969-1971, 111X, Office of the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF)
  1971-1972, 111X, COMSEVENTHFLT
  1972-1975, 111X, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1942 Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)/Battle of the Philippines
  1942-1942 East Indies Campaign (1941-42)/Battle of Java Sea
  1943-1943 Aleutians Islands Campaign (1942-43)/2nd Bombardment of Attu
  1943-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Marshall Islands Operation
  1943-1943 Aleutians Islands Campaign (1942-43)/Invasion & Occupation of Attu
  1943-1943 Aleutians Islands Campaign (1942-43)/Bombardment of Kiska
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)
  1944-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
  1944-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyNaval War CollegeNational War College
  1933-1937, United States Naval Academy
  1955-1956, Naval War College
  1955-1956, National War College
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