William L. Calhoun (admiral)
William L. Calhoun
|Birth name||William Lowndes Calhoun|
|Born||July 13, 1884|
|Died||October 20, 1963(aged 79)|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1906-1946|
|Awards||Navy Distinguished Service Medal|
Legion of Merit (2)
William Lowndes Calhoun was a native of Palatka, Florida. He joined the U.S. Navy in about 1902, and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1906.
Calhoun served in various assignments until 1915 when he qualified as a submariner. He then commanded a submarine division; served in the battleships USS Mississippi and USS Maryland; commanded the destroyer USS Young from 1921 until it ran aground in the 1923 Honda Point Disaster; and commanded a destroyer division.
From about 1937 to about 1939 he served as Commanding Officer of the battleship USS California. From December 1939 he served as Commander Base Force, Pacific Fleet. On 27 February 1942 his title changed to Commander Service Force, Pacific Fleet (ComServPac). He served in this capacity until the 13 March 1945 when he was assigned to command the South Pacific Area. He served in this capacity until October 1945.
Calhoun retired on 1 December 1946. He died in 1963 at a naval hospital.
Decorations and awards
- "Adm. William L. Calhoun Dies; Directed Pacific Service Force; Praised After Trial". The New York Times. 21 October 1963.
- History of United States Naval Operations in World War II (Samuel Eliot Morison).
- Hyperwar Naval Chronology 
- Time Magazine Article 
- Haldane, David (February 2, 1986), "Sea Yields a Treasure From Ship That Went Down 62 Years Ago", The Los Angeles Times, p. 1