Blandy, William H.P., ADM

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Last Rank
Admiral
Primary Unit
1947-1950, Commander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)
Service Years
1913 - 1950
Admiral
Admiral

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1890
 
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Last Address
New York

Date of Passing
Jan 12, 1954
 
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William H. P. Blandy graduated 1st in his class from the Naval Academy in 1913. He participated in the occupation of Veracruz in 1914 and served on board a battleship with the British Grand Fleet during World War I.
 
During World War II he was Chief of the Bureau of Ordnance; Commander, Group 1, Amphibious Force, Pacific Fleet; and Commander, Cruisers and Destroyers, Pacific Fleet. After the war he commanded JTF 1 during the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll. He commanded the 2nd Task Fleet and later served as Commander-in-Chief, Atlantic Fleet.

He was a veteran of both World Wars as well as Vera Cruz, Mexico.  He is, however, most known for overseeing the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Island in the Pacific Ocean.
                   

   
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Navy Distinguished Service Medal
 
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Rear Admiral William Henry Purnell Blandy, United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States as Chief of the Bureau of Ordnance from 19 February 1941 to 9 December 1943. During the period of intensive preparedness prior to our entry into the war and since the actual outbreak of hostilities, Rear Admiral Blandy, by keen foresight and sound analysis, successfully formulated and executed plans for rapid expansion of all ordnance activities incident to the effective prosecution of full-scale naval warfare. Under his thorough and resourceful administration urgent organizational problems were competently solved and vital armament requirements adequately fulfilled with maximum efficiency and minimum delay. His forceful initiative and superior technical skill contributed materially to the progressive effectiveness of our coordinated war effort and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Action Date: February 19, 1941 - December 9, 1943
Service: Navy
Rank: Rear Admiral


Navy Distinguished Service Medal
 
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 Distinguished Service Medal to Rear Admiral William Henry Purnell Blandy, United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States while organizing and commanding the assault force engaged in the amphibious attack on Japanese-held Angaur Island during the period of July to September 1944. Rear Admiral Blandy displayed outstanding ability in forming, training, and operating his force. Under his aggressive direction the assault of Angaur was brought to a rapid and completely successful conclusion. His personal courage, determination, and excellent leadership throughout were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Action Date: July - September 1944
Service: Navy
Rank: Rear Admiral

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US NavyCNO - OPNAV/Naval Attache/Asst Naval AttacheBureau of OrdnanceUSS West Virginia (BB-48)
Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)COMPHIBGRU 1 (CPG 1)Commander Amphibious Force, US Seventh FleetUSS Estes (AGC-12)
Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Force, Pacific FleetCOMSECONDFLTCommander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)
  1913-1914, USS Florida (BB-30)
  1914-1915, USS Florida (BB-30)
  1915-1918, USS Florida (BB-30)
  1918-1918, USS Florida (BB-30)
  1918-1919, Naval Attache/Asst Naval Attache/London
  1919-1919, Bureau of Ordnance
  1921-1922, USS New Mexico (BB-40)
  1922-1923, USS Vega (AK-17)
  1923-1924, USS Pruitt (DD-347)
  1924-1925, USS Stewart (DD-224)
  1925-1927, Bureau of Ordnance
  1927-1929, USS New Mexico (BB-40)
  1929-1930, USS West Virginia (BB-48)
  1930-1934, CNO - OPNAV/Naval Attache/Asst Naval Attache
  1934-1938, USS Simpson (DD-221)
  1935-1936, Commander Destroyers, Battle Force/Commander, Destroyer Division 10 (COMDESDIV 10)
  1936-1939, USS Utah (AG-16)
  1939-1941, Bureau of Ordnance
  1941-1943, Bureau of Ordnance
  1943-1944, COMPHIBGRU 1 (CPG 1)
  1944-1945, Commander Amphibious Force, US Seventh Fleet/Commander, Amphibious Support Force
  1944-1945, USS Estes (AGC-12)
  1945-1945, Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Force, Pacific Fleet
  1945-1946, Joint Task Force-1 (JTF-1)
  1946-1947, COMSECONDFLT
  1947-1950, Commander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1914-1914 US Occupation of Veracruz
  1917-1918 World War I
  1941-1945 World War II
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United States Naval Academy
  1909-1913, United States Naval Academy
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