Wilhelm Meentzen

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Wilhelm Meentzen
Born (1915-03-19)19 March 1915
Died 8 May 2001(2001-05-08) (aged 86)
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
 West Germany
Service/branch Kriegsmarine
German Navy
Years of service 1934–45
1956–74
Rank Vizeadmiral
Commands held Zerstörer 3 (D172)
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Wilhelm Meentzen (19 March 1915 – 8 May 2001) was a German admiral in the Bundeswehr. He commanded the destroyer Zerstörer 3 (D172), formerly USS Wadsworth (DD-516), from October 1959 until January 1961. During World War II, Meentzen served as an officer in the navy and was a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross of Nazi Germany.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Dörr 1996, p. 49.
  2. ^ Patzwall & Scherzer 2001, p. 300.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 250.
  • Dörr, Manfred (1996). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Überwasserstreitkräfte der Kriegsmarine—Band 2: L–Z [The Knight's Cross Bearers of the Surface Forces of the Navy—Volume 2: L–Z] (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7648-2497-6. 
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) [1986]. Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 — Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtteile [The Bearers of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939–1945 — The Owners of the Highest Award of the Second World War of all Wehrmacht Branches] (in German). Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6. 
  • Patzwall, Klaus D.; Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941 – 1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II [The German Cross 1941 – 1945 History and Recipients Volume 2] (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall. ISBN 978-3-931533-45-8.