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Arthur W. Radford

Arthur W. Radford

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Class of 1916
  • Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 1953-1957



Born in Chicago, Illinois, on February 27, 1896, he entered the Naval Academy from Iowa in 1912, after attending high school in Grinnell, Iowa. He was graduated and commissioned Ensign in 1916 and assigned to the South Carolina. After the Armistice which ended world war I, he had staff duty until April 1920, then had flight training and was designated Naval Aviator in November of that year.

Admiral Radford served in three wars. He was on board the USS South Carolina, a battleship of the Atlantic Fleet, and was Aide and Flag Lieutenant to Commander Battleship Division One during World War I. He served in the Navy Department's Bureaus of Aeronautics and Naval Personnel and in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations early in World War II, and as Commander Carrier Divisions 11 and 6, and on the Staff of Commander Aircraft, Pacific, during the latter part of that war. At the outbreak of Korean hostilities he was serving as Commander in Chief, U. S. Pacific Fleet, later being given the responsibility of the Marianas-Bonin Area and the Philippines-Formosa Area.

Following World War II, he was ordered to the Navy Department to assist in planning the post-war Navy. In December 1945 he became Deputy CNO (Air) and after a year in command of the Second Task Fleet, returned to the Navy Department as Vice Chief of Naval Operations. He served as Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet, and High Commissioner of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, prior to and during the Korean conflict, and in addition was given increased responsibilities concerning Military Assistance Programs in Southeast Asia. In June 1953 he was appointed Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, by the presided, and on August 15, 1955, was reappointed for a second term. He was retired August 1, 1957.

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