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Maurice F. Weisner

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Maurice F. Weisner
Admiral Maurice F. Weisner
Born(1917-11-20)November 20, 1917
Knoxville, Tennessee
DiedOctober 15, 2006(2006-10-15) (aged 88)
Pensacola, Florida[1]
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service1937–1979
Commands heldUnited States Pacific Command
United States Pacific Fleet
Vice Chief of Naval Operations
United States Seventh Fleet
Carrier Division One
USS Kitty Hawk
USS Coral Sea
Battles/warsWorld War II
Korean War
Vietnam War
AwardsDefense Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Navy Distinguished Service Medal (4)
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit (2)
Distinguished Flying Cross (2)

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 from 1972 to 1973; commander in chief, United States Pacific Fleet from 1973 to 1976; and commander in chief of the United States Pacific Command from 1976 to 1979.

Naval career[edit]

Weisner graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1941 and served aboard 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 USS Coral Sea, two carrier divisions in the Pacific, and the United States Seventh Fleet.

Awards and decorations[edit]

Weisner's awards and decorations include:

Bronze oak leaf cluster
Gold star
Gold star
Silver star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Silver star
Naval Aviator Badge
1st Row Defense Distinguished Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster Navy Distinguished Service Medal with three gold award stars
2nd Row Army Distinguished Service Medal Air Force Distinguished Service Medal Legion of Merit with award star
3rd Row Distinguished Flying Cross with award star Air Medal with silver award star Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat V
4th Row Navy Unit Commendation with four bronze service stars Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation with two service stars China Service Medal
5th row American Defense Service Medal with service star American Campaign Medal European-African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with one service star
6th row Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with four service stars World War II Victory Medal Navy Occupation Service Medal
7th Row National Defense Service Medal with service star Korean Service Medal Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
8th Row Vietnam Service Medal with seven service stars Order of National Security Merit, Tong-Il Medal (Republic of Korea) Order of the Cloud and Banner, 2nd Class (Republic of China)
9th row National Order of Vietnam, Commander National Order of Vietnam, Officer National Order of Vietnam, Knight
10th row Vietnam Gallantry Cross with three palms Korea Presidential Unit Citation Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
11th row Philippine Liberation Medal United Nations Korea Medal Vietnam Campaign Medal
United States Pacific Command Badge
  • 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 November 1979. In retirement, Weisner presided as president of the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation until 1993.[2] He died in 2006 and was buried in Barrancas National Cemetery.


  1. ^ "Maurice Weisner, 88; Admiral Headed U.S. Pacific Forces in 1970s". Los Angeles Times. October 20, 2006.
  2. ^ "Maurice Weisner Obituary (2006) – Washington, DC – the Washington Post". Legacy.com.

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