Frederick H. Michaelis
|Frederick H. Michaelis|
Official portrait of Admiral Frederick H. Michaelis, June 1975
March 4, 1917|
Kansas City, Missouri
|Died||August 13, 1992
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1936–1978|
|Commands held||Office of Naval Material|
|Battles/wars||World War II
Navy Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Distinguished Flying Cross
Legion of Merit (2)
Michaelis was born on March 4, 1917, in Kansas City, Missouri. 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. 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.