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Naval officer

Fred Durrell Kirtland, American naval officer. Awarded Legion of Merit, commendation ribbon.


Kirtland, Fred Durrell was born on November 6, 1892 in Salina, Kansas, United States. Son of Charles Byron and Elizabeth (Dohmyer) Kirtland.


Bachelor of Science, United States Naval Academy, 1916. Bachelor of Science, Columbia, 1922.


1 son, Robert A. Commissioned ensign United States Navy, 1916, and advanced through grades to rear admiral, 1943. Served on United States Ship Wyoming and British Grand Fleet, 1917-1918. Sea service in battleships, cruisers, destroyers and shore duties, 1919-1939.

Commanding officer and div. commander, destroyers, N. Atlantic neutrality patrol, 1939-1940. Squadron commander, Atlantic convoy and anti-submarine duty, 1941-1942. Commander United States Ship Alabama, with British Home Fleet, 1943, S. and Central Pacific to Japan, 1943-1944.

Commandant, Naval Operating Base, Okinawa, 1945-1946. Commander Amphibious Training Command, United States Atlantic Fleet, with headquarters at Little Creek, Virginia, from 1946.


Clubs: Army Navy Country (Washington), Manhasset Bay Yacht (Long Island, New York.


Married Mary Adikes, September 14, 1921.

Charles Byron Kirtland

Elizabeth (Dohmyer) Kirtland

Mary Adikes