Frederick C. Sherman

Frederick Carl Sherman (May 27, 1888 – July 27, 1957) was a highly decorated admiral of the United States Navy during World War II.

Frederick Carl Sherman
Vice Admiral Frederick C. Sherman
Nickname(s)"Ted"
BornMay 27, 1888
Port Huron, Michigan
DiedJuly 27, 1957(1957-07-27) (aged 69)
San Diego, California
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service1910–1947
Rank Admiral
Commands heldUSS Lexington (CV-2)
USS Lexington (CV-16)
Fifth Fleet
Battles/warsWorld War I
World War II
AwardsNavy Cross (3)
Distinguished Service Medal (3)
Legion of Merit
Other workauthor

Biography

Sherman was born in Port Huron, Michigan in 1888. His grandfather, Loren Sherman, was the longtime editor and publisher of The Daily Times in Port Huron. His father, Frederick Ward Sherman, sold the newspaper in 1907 and moved to California, where he was editor and publisher of The Daily Independent in Santa Barbara in 1911.

Sherman graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1910. He served as commanding officer of submarines H-2 and O-7 during World War I.

After becoming a naval aviator, Sherman served as executive officer of USS Saratoga (CV-3) in 1937, and of Naval Air Station San Diego to 1938. He commanded USS Lexington (CV-2) from 1940 until her loss in the Battle of the Coral Sea. His wife wrote a book titled Admiral Wags which told the story of the family cocker spaniel who accompanied him during his command of the Lexington. The dog can be seen in war footage used in the John Wayne movie In Harm's Way. Promoted to rear admiral, he served as assistant chief of staff to COMINCH Admiral Ernest King until the end of 1942. He served in the Fast Carrier Task Force, as Commander, Carrier Division 2 in 1943, and as Commander, Task Group 38.3 in 1944–45.

Sherman was a three-time recipient of the Navy Cross. Promoted to vice admiral in 1945, he became Commander, United States Fifth Fleet before retiring in 1947. Upon retirement, he was promoted to admiral on the retired list. Sherman died on 27 July 1957 in San Diego, California, and the Frederick C. Sherman Field on nearby San Clemente Island was dedicated in his honor on 11 January 1961.

Sherman wrote Combat Command, a history of the Pacific Theater of World War II, drawing on his personal experiences. Combat Command was published in 1950 by E.P. Dutton Inc, and again by Bantam Books in 1982.

Decorations

Here is the ribbon bar of Vice Admiral Frederick C. Sherman:

Naval Aviator Badge
Submarine Warfare insignia
1st Row Navy Cross with two Gold Stars Navy Distinguished Service Medal with two Gold Stars
2nd Row Legion of Merit with "V" Device Navy Commendation Medal Nicaraguan Campaign Medal Mexican Service Medal
3rd Row World War I Victory Medal with Submarine clasp American Defense Service Medal with Fleet Clasp American Campaign Medal Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with five Service stars
4th Row World War II Victory Medal Navy Occupation Service Medal Companion of the Order of the British Empire Philippine Liberation Medal with two bronze stars

References

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Naval History and Heritage Command.
  • "California Death Records". RootsWeb.com. Retrieved February 7, 2006.
  • History of St. Clair County, Michigan, by William Lee Jenks, 1911
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