Brockett, William Alden, 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
1963-1965, Bureau of Ships
Service Years
1934 - 1965
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Home Town
Raised in Niantic and New London CT
Last Address
Born in Illinois.
Died at San Diego, CA

Date of Passing
Sep 23, 1984
Location of Interment
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US Navy Retired 30

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US Navy Honorable Discharge

 Military Association Memberships
American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE)
  1945, American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE)

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Last Known Activity
Rear Admiral William Alden Brockett
Graduated USNAA at age 20
Navy's youngest Captain, age 38
Rear Admiral at age 47

Rear Admiral William A. Brockett, was born 22 February 1914 in Illinois and raised in Litchfield and New London, Connecticut.

A naval engineer and author, Brockett served aboard a US gunboat in China at the time of the Battle of Shanghai in August 1937.

In 1950, he co-authored with Robert M. Johnston Elements of Applied Thermodynamics, which was required reading by naval engineering students of the United States Naval Academy for over forty years. During the Vietnam War, he was Chief of the United States Navy's Bureau of Ships. He then served as President of the Webb Institute of Naval Architecture from 1966 to 1974.

Brockett died in San Diego, California in September 1984.

Lieutenant (JG) Brockett served in Shanghai, China aboard the River gunboat USS Luzon (PG-47). He was temporarily attached to Headquarters Company, Fourth Marines, the so-called China Marines, at Shanghai, China in May 1940. He left Shanghai on 9 June 1940 bound for the US Naval Academy aboard the SS President Cleveland.

As Chief of BuShips, Brockett played a role in the investigation of the April 1963 sinking of the nuclear-powered submarine USS Thresher (SSN-593). He also participated in discussions with NASA regarding the use of stable ocean platforms in lieu of instrumentation ships for the early United States space program. Brockett and his vice chief, Charles A. Curtze, resigned their posts at BuShips in October 1965 in protest over Secretary of Defense McNamara's increasing centralization of military power in The Pentagon.

Brockett's telegram to the commissioning of the USS Ulysses S. Grant (SSBN-631) was read aloud at the ceremony on 17 July 1964.

Brockett spoke at the commissioning of the USS Gallup (PGM-85) on 22 October 1966.

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US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)US NavyAdvancement Schools and CoursesCommander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)
NAVSEASYSCOM/Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC)Bureau of ShipsNSY Long Beach CA
  1930-1934, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1934-1935, USS New Mexico (BB-40)
  1935-1936, USS California (BB-44)
  1936-1937, USS Augusta (CA-31)
  1937-1940, Commander In Chief Asiatic Fleet/Commander Yangtze Patrol (ComYangPat)
  1938-1939, USS Oahu (PR-6)
  1939-1940, USS Luzon (PR-7)
  1941-1943, Naval Construction and Engineering Course @ MIT
  1943-1945, USS New Orleans (CA-32)
  1945-1947, NSY Brooklyn
  1947-1951, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1951-1954, Commander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)/Commander, Battleships-Cruisers, Atlantic Fleet
  1954-1956, Carderock Division/David Taylor Model Basin
  1956-1958, Bureau of Ships
  1958-1960, NSY Long Beach CA
  1960-1962, Boston Navy Yard
  1962-1963, Bureau of Ships
  1963-1965, Bureau of Ships
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1937-1937 Sinking of the USS Panay (PR-5)
  1941-1945 World War II
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyMassachusetts Institute of Technology
  1930-1934, United States Naval Academy
  1941-1943, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Sep 23, 1984, Background: Wm. A. Brockett, RAdm USN1
  Sep 06, 2012, General Photos1
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