Maurice F. Weisner
Maurice F. Weisner
|Born||November 20, 1917|
Knoxville, Tennessee, US
|Died||October 15, 2006 (aged 88)|
Pensacola, Florida, US
|Service/||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1941-1979|
|Commands held||U.S. Pacific Command|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
|Awards||Defense Distinguished Service Medal (2)|
Navy Distinguished Service Medal (4)
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
Maurice Franklin Weisner (November 20, 1917 – October 15, 2006) was a four-star admiral of the United States Navy who served as Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO) from 1972 to 1973; Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT) from 1973 to 1976; and Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Command (CINCPAC) from 1976 to 1979.
Admiral Weisner graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy in 1941 and served aboard the USS Wasp (CV-7) as a member of the ship's company until it was sunk in September 1942. He then graduated from flight school, becoming a Naval Aviator in 1943 and returning to combat in the Southwest Pacific until June 1945. He was credited with the sinking of a Japanese destroyer escort during that tour. During a career spanning 38 years, he served in six aircraft squadrons, commanding three, and commanded two ships, including the USS Coral Sea, two carrier divisions in the Pacific, and the US 7th Fleet in addition to the service noted above.
Awards and decorations
Admiral Weisner's awards and decorations include:
- Foreign decorations from Japan, the Republic of Korea, Republic of Vietnam, Philippine Republic, Kingdom of Thailand and the United Nations.
- As the senior active duty naval aviator, he received the Gray Eagle Award.
Weisner retired from the Navy in 1979. He died in 2006 and was buried in Barrancas National Cemetery
He was preceded in death by his son who is listed a MIA in Vietnam During 1969. I know this to be fact since my brother was in the same plane that went down. So they are part of the names listed on the Vietnam Memorial on the same day during that conflict.
The name can be seen on the Wall Website.
- "Maurice Weisner, 88; Admiral Headed U.S. Pacific Forces in 1970s". Los Angeles Times. October 20, 2006.
- "Maurice Weisner Obituary (2006) - Washington, DC - the Washington Post".