William R. Smedberg III

William Renwick Smedberg III (September 28, 1902 October 5, 1994) was a vice admiral in the United States Navy. He was Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland from March 16, 1956 to June 27, 1958.[1] During World War II, Smedberg served as commanding officer of U.S.S. Lansdowne and U.S.S. Hudson. After the war, he served as an aide to Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal.[2] He was a 1926 graduate of the Naval Academy.[3] He is interred in the Arlington National Cemetery along with his father, Brigadier General William Renwick Smedberg, Jr., USA, and his son Rear Admiral William Renwick Smedberg IV, USN. [4]

William R. Smedberg III
Born(1902-09-28)September 28, 1902
Fort Grant, Arizona, U.S.
DiedOctober 5, 1994(1994-10-05) (aged 92)
Falls Church, Virginia, U.S.
Allegiance United States
Service/branchUnited States Navy
RankVice admiral
Commands heldSuperintendent of the United States Naval Academy


  1. Appropriations, United States Congress House Committee on (1 January 1961). "Overall financial statements, military personnel". U.S. Government Printing Office via Google Books.
  2. "Smedberg, William R. III (1902–1994)". U.S. Naval Institute.
  3. "Adm. W.R. Smedberg III Dies; Naval Personnel, Academy Head". 8 October 1994. Archived from the original on 29 March 2015. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. "William Renwick Smedberg III Vice Admiral, United States Navy". arlingtoncemetery.net. 8 October 2008. Retrieved 17 March 2019.

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