William H. Plackett

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William H. Plackett
MCPON William Plackett.jpg
6th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
Born (1937-04-04)April 4, 1937
Paxton, Illinois, U.S.
Died March 4, 2016(2016-03-04) (aged 78)
Virginia Beach, Virginia, U.S.
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1956–1988
Rank MCPON collar.png Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
Commands held Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
Awards Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal

William Howard Plackett (April 4, 1937 – March 4, 2016) was the sixth Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy.

His first duty station was with the Naval Control of Shipping Office on Bahrain in the Persian Gulf and earned promotion to Petty Officer Third Class. He transferred to the staff of Commander, Amphibious Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, embarked in USS Mount McKinley (LCC-7) in August 1959. Following that tour, he went back to the schoolhouse for Radioman "B" school and was assigned to Representative, Commander East Force/Naval Control of Shipping Office. He was there during the Six-Day War. In September 1967, just 11 years after joining the Navy, he was selected as a Chief Petty Officer. Upon completion of a tour aboard USS Forrestal (CV-59), which included an extended ten-month deployment in the Mediterranean Sea, he served as an instructor at Radioman "B" school in Bainbridge, Maryland.

Master Chief Plackett was selected for the Associates Degree Completion Program in April 1971 and was advanced to Senior Chief while attending classes at Pensacola Junior College. He graduated with honors in December 1972 and was awarded an academic scholarship at the University of West Florida. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in vocational education one year later.

Following a second tour on the Forrestal and his selection as Master Chief Petty Officer, he assumed duties as Director of Communications School, Fleet Training Center, Norfolk, Virginia. In 1979, he was named Command Master Chief for Commander, Training Command, U.S. Atlantic Fleet Headquarters and subsequently was selected as the first Force Master Chief of the Atlantic Fleet Training Command in July 1981. In July 1982, Master Chief Plackett was selected as Fleet Master Chief, Commander in Chief U.S. Atlantic Fleet where he served until his selection in July 1985 as the sixth Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy.

Awards and decorations[edit]

Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist Insignia.png Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist insignia
MCPON Full.png Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Badge
Navy Distinguished Service Medal ribbon.svg Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit ribbon.svg Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
Battle Effectiveness Award ribbon, 1st award.svg Navy "E" Ribbon
Bronze-service-star-3d.pngSilver-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.png Navy Good Conduct Medal with one silver and two bronze service stars
National Defense Service Medal
Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
U.S. Navy Pistol Marksmanship Ribbon.svg Navy Pistol Marksmanship Ribbon

William Plackett died on March 4, 2016.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Navy's 6th MCPON Passes Away". navy.mil. Office of the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Public Affairs. 5 March 2016. Retrieved 6 March 2016. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Billy C. Sanders
6th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
4 OCT 1985 – 9 SEP 1988
Succeeded by
Duane R. Bushey