Mahler, William Albert, Jr., CAPT

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Chaplain Christian
Last Primary NEC
410X-Chaplain Corps Officer
Last Rating/NEC Group
Staff Corps Officer
Primary Unit
1960-1962, 410X, Commander, Service Force, Pacific Fleet
Service Years
1939 - 1962
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Home Town
Piitsburgh, PA
Last Address
Pittsburgh, PA

Date of Passing
May 16, 1989
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
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US Navy Retired 20

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US Navy Honorable Discharge

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Last Known Activity

William Mahler was born in 1908. He never knew his mother, but he described his father as wonderful and acted as both father and mother. From a young age, he wanted to be a priest. His reason was that he and the other kids really admired one of the priests who taught at their school, although he didn't describe what that meant in detail. His thinking was "when I grow up, I want to be like him".

His civilian duties were interuptted when he decided to join the Navy and minister to the soldiers and sailors. Other than his service during heavy fighting, probably the most notable thing he did while in the Navy was to write the dedication prayer for the sunken USS Arizona. That prayer can still be seen at the memorial.

He continued as a priest when he was discharged from the Navy. He was also interested in literature and wrote essays and poems.
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 Duty Stations
Naval Base San Diego (NAVBASE San Diego)USS Enterprise (CV-6)US NavyUSS Astoria (CA-34)
MCB Camp Pendleton CABureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)Naval Postgraduate School (Faculty Staff)NAVSTA Norfolk, VA
Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
  1939-1939, 410X, Naval Base San Diego (NAVBASE San Diego)
  1939-1939, 410X, USS Enterprise (CV-6)
  1939-1941, 410X, USS Medusa (AR-1)
  1941-1942, 410X, USS Astoria (CA-34)
  1942-1944, 410X, MCB Camp Pendleton CA
  1944-1946, 410X, USS Guam (CB-2)
  1946-1947, 410X, MCB Camp Pendleton CA
  1947-1950, 410X, Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)
  1950-1952, 410X, Commander Naval Forces Far East (COMNAVFE)
  1952-1954, 410X, Naval Postgraduate School (Faculty Staff)
  1954-1957, 410X, MCB Camp Pendleton CA
  1957-1959, 410X, NAVSTA Norfolk, VA
  1959-1962, 410X, Naval Base San Diego (NAVBASE San Diego)
  1960-1962, 410X, Commander, Service Force, Pacific Fleet
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of the Coral Sea
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
 Colleges Attended 
Duquesne UniversitySaint Vincent College
  1927-1930, Duquesne University
  1934-1936, Saint Vincent College
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jun 14, 1936, Ordained as a Catholic priest
  Mar 01, 1939, Commissioned in the Navy at the Rank of Lieutenant (jg)
  Jan 01, 1942, Promoted to Lieutenant
  May 01, 1943, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Mar 01, 1944, Promoted to Commander
  Jul 01, 1954, Promoted to Captain
  Jun 27, 1986, Celebrates 50 Years1
  Sep 06, 2017, Civilian pastorates
  Sep 06, 2017, General Photos3
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