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Frank Jack Fletcher Edit Profile

also known as Black Jack

Naval officer

Frank Jack Fletcher was an american naval officer.


Frank Jack Fletcher was born on April 29, 1885 in Marshalltown, Iowa, United States. Son of Thomas Jack and Alice (Glick) Fletcher.


Appointed to the US Naval Academy from his native state in 1902, he graduated from Annapolis on February 12, 1906, served two years at sea, then required by law, and commissioned as an Ensign on February 13, 1908.


Commissioned ensign United States Navy, 1908, and advanced through the grades to vice admiral, 1942. Flag Lieutenant and fleet signal officer, United States Atlantic Fleet, 1914-1915. Commanded United States Ship Dale, Chauncey, Margaret, Benham, Gridley, Whipple, Sacramento, New Mexico, Cruisers Pacific Fleet.

In commanded North Pacific Forces. Chairman General Board United States Navy. Retired as admiral, May 1947.

Deocrated Medal of Honor for distinguished service at Vera Cruz, 1914. Navy Cross for distinguished service in command of United States Ship Benham in war zone, 1918. Distinguished Service Medal for distinguished service in command of Task Forces at battles of Coral Sea and Midway.

Army Distinguished Service Medal for duty in commanded N. Pacific Forces, United States Pacific Fleet, 1943-1945. Purple Heart; Companion Order of the Bath (British). Order of the Green Dragon of Amxam (French).


Clubs: New York Yacht.


Married Martha Richards, February 10, 1917.

Thomas Jack Fletcher

Alice (Glick) Fletcher

Martha Richards