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William L. Calhoun
1884 – 1963 (aged 78–79)
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Place of birth Florida
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1906-1946
Rank Admiral
Commands held USS California
Pacific Fleet Base Force
Service Forces Pacific Fleet
South Pacific Area
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Navy Distinguished Service Medal

William L. Calhoun (1884-1963) was a United States Navy officer who served in World War I and World War II, eventually attaining the rank of Admiral during World War II.


Early years

William Lowndes Calhoun was a native of Palatka, Florida. He joined the U.S. Navy in about 1902, and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1906.

Naval service

Calhoun served in various assignments until 1915 when he qualified as a submariner. He then commanded a submarine division, served in the battleships USS Mississippi and USS Maryland, commanded the destroyer USS Young from 1921-1923, and commanded a destroyer division.

His shore assignments between 1915 and 1937 included service as Inspector of Ordnance at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, training at the Naval War College, and duties at the San Diego Naval Base.

From about 1937 to about 1939 he served as Commanding Officer of the USS California. From December 1939 he served as Commander Base Force, Pacific Fleet. On 27 February 1942 his title changed to Commander Service Force, Pacific Fleet (ComServPac). He served in this capacity until the 13 March 1945 when he was assigned to command the South Pacific Area. He served in this capacity until October 1945.


Calhoun retired on 1 December 1946. He died in 1963.

Decorations and awards

See also

References/ Sources

  • History of United States Naval Operations in World War II (Samuel Eliot Morison).
  • Hyperwar Naval Chronology [1]
  • Time Magazine Article [2]


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