Frederick H. Michaelis

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Frederick H. Michaelis
ADM Michaelis, Frederick H.jpg
Official portrait of Admiral Frederick H. Michaelis, June 1975
Born (1917-03-04)March 4, 1917
Kansas City, Missouri
Died August 13, 1992(1992-08-13) (aged 75)
Arlington, Virginia
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch Seal of the United States Department of the Navy.svg United States Navy
Years of service 1936–1978
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg Admiral
Commands held Office of Naval Material
Battles/wars World War II
Cold War
Vietnam War
Awards Navy Cross
Navy Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Silver Star
Distinguished Flying Cross
Legion of Merit (2)

Frederick Hayes Michaelis (March 4, 1917 – August 13, 1992) was an Admiral in the United States Navy who served in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.


Michaelis was born on March 4, 1917, in Kansas City, Missouri.[1] He would marry Rose Schiche of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, with whom he had three children. Michaelis died on August 13, 1992, in Washington, D.C., and is buried with his wife at Arlington National Cemetery.


Michaelis graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1940 and was assigned to the USS Pennsylvania.[2] After surviving the attack on Pearl Harbor he would become an aviator. Later in World War II he was assigned to what would become Attack Squadron 12, which he would eventually be given command of. Following the war he was involved in the development of nuclear weapons and was assigned to the USS Hornet. Later he would serve on the staff of the Commander, Naval Air Forces, and with the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (AIR). He was Executive Officer of the USS Randolph before being given the command of the USS Tolovana. Following this he would work with the Chief of Naval Operations and would become the second Commanding Officer of the USS Enterprise, the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, during the Vietnam War. Later he served as Commander, Naval Air Force U.S. Atlantic Fleet, and Chief of the Office of Naval Material. He retired in 1978.

Awards he received include the Navy Cross.

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