Joseph Prueher

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Joseph W. Prueher
Joseph W. Prueher, ADM USN, 1996.jpg
Official Military Photograph
7th United States Ambassador to China
In office
November 16, 1999 – May 1, 2001
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Jim Sasser
Succeeded by Clark T. Randt Jr.
Personal details
Born (1942-11-25) November 25, 1942 (age 73)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Alma mater United States Naval Academy, 1964
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Navy
Years of service 5 June 1964 - 1 May 1999
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg Admiral
Battles/wars Vietnam War

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,[1][2] 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[edit]

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 December 1998 he was appointed an Honorary Officer of the Order of Australia, "for distinguished service in the promotion of Australian and United States of America Defence relations".[3]

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.[4]

Post-Government Career[edit]

Prueher is a director of Fluor Corporation, Irving, Texas; Emerson Electric Co., St. Louis, Missouri; and AMERIGROUP Corporation, Virginia Beach, Virginia.[5]


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  3. ^ It's an Honour
  4. ^ The 64th Annual Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards
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Military offices
Preceded by
Howard W. Habermeyer Jr.
Commandant of Midshipmen
Succeeded by
Michael D. Haskins
Preceded by
Richard C. Macke
Commander, United States Pacific Command
Succeeded by
Dennis C. Blair
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Jim Sasser
US Ambassador to China
Succeeded by
Clark T. Randt, Jr.