|Joseph W. Prueher|
November 25, 1942 |
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1960–1999|
|Commands held||United States Pacific Command
Vice Chief of Naval Operations
Joseph Wilson Prueher (Chinese: 普吕厄; Pinyin: Pǔ Lǚ’è; born November 25, 1942) served as United States Ambassador to the People's Republic of China from 1999 to 2001. He was succeeded as ambassador by Clark T. Randt, Jr. Prior to his posting as ambassador, Prueher was a United States Navy Admiral and the Commander, United States Pacific Command from 1996 to 1999 and Vice Chief of Naval Operations from 1995 to 1996.
A native of Tennessee where he was born in 1942, Admiral Prueher attended Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville and is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He also holds a master's degree in international affairs from George Washington University. He is a combat veteran of the Vietnam War where he flew as an A-6 Intruder pilot. In the later part of his career, he served as the seventy-third Commandant of Midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy.
He delivered the "letter of the two sorries" which defused the Hainan Island incident in 2001.
Awards and decorations
ADM Prueher received numerous personal decorations including the Naval Aviator insignia, Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (4 awards), Distinguished Flying Cross (2 awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), 3 individual Air Medals with Valor device and bronze Strike/Flight numeral 8, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 awards) with Valor device, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards) with Valor device, and various unit, service and campaign awards.
In 1997, he was honored with the Naval War College Distinguished Graduate Leadership Award and, in 2001, Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award by George Washington University.
Prueher is a director of Fluor Corporation, Irving, Texas; Emerson Electric Co., St. Louis, Missouri; and AMERIGROUP Corporation, Virginia Beach, Virginia.
- It's an Honour
- http://www.gwu.edu/~magazine/archive/2001_summer/docs/dept_alumni_achievement.html The 64th Annual Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards
- Joseph W. Prueher profile at Forbes.com
- Joseph Prueher profile at CISAC/Stanford
- Appearances on C-SPAN
Howard W. Habermeyer Jr.
|Commandant of Midshipmen
Michael D. Haskins
Richard C. Macke
|Commander, United States Pacific Command
Dennis C. Blair
|US Ambassador to China
Clark T. Randt, Jr.