Fiala, Reid, RADM

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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1958-1959, NAB San Pedro, CA
Service Years
1931 - 1959
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Panama Canal
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Rear Admiral Upper Half
Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Brooklyn, New York
Last Address
Rolling Hills Estates
Los Angeles, Calif.

Date of Passing
Jul 27, 1987
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Joint Chiefs of Staff US Navy Retired 30

 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge

 Military Association Memberships
New York Commandery
  1950, Naval Order of the United States, New York Commandery (Member) (New York)

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Last Known Activity

Reid Puryear Fiala, USN

Reid P. Fiala (Pete) graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Class of 1931.

He was the commander of the destroyer Remey in October, 1944, when the Japanese navy challenged their American counterparts for control of Leyte Gulf. The Remy was credited with firing the first salvos in the battle that eventually destroyed what was left of the Japanese fleet.

When LCdr Fiala commissioned the Remey he was the last lieutenant commander to command a destroyer. All other skippers that followed him were full commanders. The USS Remey earned 10 battle stars during World War II. Battles included: Marshall Islands, Mariana Islands, Philippines and Bombardment of Japan.

RAdm. Reid P. Fiala was awarded the Navy Cross for his role in the fight for control of the Surigao Strait in the Philippines and
the Bronze Star for battles off Saipan and Tinian during World War II.

Fiala's last command was of the Terminal Island Navy Station in 1958 and
retired as a U.S. Navy Rear Admiral in 1959.

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Awards and Citations

While commanding the USS Remey DD-688, Commander Reid Fiala was awarded the Navy Cross, Bronze Star Medal w/Combat "V", and the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal w/10 stars.

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 Commander Reid Puryear Fiala, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Destroyer U.S.S. REMEY (DD-688), in action against the enemy on 24 and 25 October 1944, in action against major units of the enemy Japanese Fleet during the Battle for Surigao Strait, Philippine Islands, on 24 and 25 October 1944. Within United States Destroyer units deployed in a flanking maneuver as tactically disposed PT boats opened fire on a formidable column of Japanese battleship, cruisers and destroyers advancing under cover of darkness towards our waiting forces, Commander Fiala placed the REMEY in an advantageous striking position within close range of the enemy force. Although silhouetted by the illuminating glare of star shells and under fire, he launched his torpedoes with precise timing in the first sudden coordinated attack, surprised the enemy and rendered him vulnerable to the smashing blows of our Naval units. Subsequently retiring without damage from the furious engagements which resulted in the sinking of two Japanese battleships and three destroyers before effective return fire could be brought to bear upon our Task Force, Commander Fiala by his forceful leadership, contributed materially to the decisive defeat of the enemy force. His courage and devotion to duty throughout reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander Amphibious Forces: Serial 00394 (December 26, 1944)
Action Date: October 24 & 25, 1944
Service: Navy
Rank: Commander
Company: Commanding Officer
Division: U.S.S. Remey (DD-688)

Fiala was awarded the Bronze Star for battles off Saipan and Tinian.
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US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)US NavyUSS Remey (DD-688)Commander, Naval Surface Force, Pacific (COMNAVSURFPAC)
USS Harwood (DD-861)Commander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)USCINCLANTJoint Forces Staff College/Armed Forces Staff College (Faculty Staff)
COMDESRON 15, Commander, Naval Surface Force, Pacific (COMNAVSURFPAC)Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)NAVSTA Long Beach, CA
  1927-1931, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1931-1933, USS Pennsylvania (BB-38)
  1933-1934, USS Truxtun (DD-229)
  1935-1936, USS Chandler (DD-206)
  1937-1938, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1939-1940, USS Trever (DD-339)
  1940-1941, USS Goldsborough (DD-188)
  1942-1943, USS Goldsborough (DD-188)
  1943-1944, USS Remey (DD-688)
  1944-1945, Commander, Naval Surface Force, Pacific (COMNAVSURFPAC)
  1944-1945, USS Remey (DD-688)
  1945-1946, USS Harwood (DD-861)
  1947-1948, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1949-1951, Commander, Destroyers, Atlantic Fleet, Commander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)
  1952-1954, USCINCLANT
  1953-1954, USS Bottineau (LPA-235)
  1954-1955, Joint Forces Staff College/Armed Forces Staff College (Faculty Staff)
  1955-1956, COMDESRON 15, Commander, Naval Surface Force, Pacific (COMNAVSURFPAC)
  1957-1958, Joint Staff, J2, Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)
  1958-1958, NAVSTA Long Beach, CA
  1958-1959, NAB San Pedro, CA
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Marshall Islands Operation
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Surigao Strait
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
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United States Naval Academy
  1927-1931, United States Naval Academy
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  A Tin Can Sailors Destroyer History, REMEY DD-688
  The last LCdr to command a destroyer.
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