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Arthur W. Radford

Born: Feb 27, 1896

Death: Aug 17, 1973

Birthplace: Chicago

Nationality: United States

Arthur W. Radford

Date of Birth : Feb 27, 1896
Date of Death : Aug 17, 1973
Birth Place : Chicago

Arthur William Radford was a United States Navy admiral and naval aviator. In over 40 years of military service, Radford held a variety of posts including Vice Chief of Naval Operations, commander of the United States Pacific Fleet and later the second Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. With an interest in ships and aircraft from a young age, Radford saw his first sea duty aboard the battleship USS South Carolina during World War I. In the inter-war period he earned his pilot wings and rose through the ranks in duties aboard ships and in the Bureau of Aeronautics. After the U.S. entered World War II, he was the architect of the development and expansion of the Navy's aviator training programs in the first years of the war. In its final years he commanded carrier divisions through several major campaigns of the Pacific War. Noted as a strong-willed and aggressive leader, Radford was a central figure in the post-war debates on U.S. military policy, and was a staunch proponent of naval aviation.

Also known as

  • Arthur William Radford
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