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VADM WILLIAM E. GENTNER, JR. USN
FLIGHT LOG ID: 1036


Service Date In: 06/05/1930
Service Date Out: 07/15/1969
Date of Birth: 07/18/1907
Date of Death: 2/14/1989
Aviation Designation: Naval Aviator and Squadron Commander
State/College: U.S. Naval Academy
City, State: San Pedro, CA

Highest Personal Decoration or Award

U.S. Navy Distinguished Service Medal

Theaters/Campaigns

World War II South Atlantic Theater
Korea

Aircraft

N2S
PV-1
F6F
P-80
FJ-2

Ship/Units/Deployments

USS Rendova (ASW)  C.O. 1953-1954
USS Coral Sea (Attack Carrier) C.O. 1956-1957
U.S. Sixth Fleet C.O. 1962-1964


Associations/Service Organizations

U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association
U.S. Naval Academy Athletic Association
Ten Whistles Education and Research Foundation
Board of Director, Retired Officers Association (TROA)

Significant Achievements

Key participant in the creation and development of the Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron in 1945, Jacksonville Naval Air Station. 
On March 10, 1961, recommended the development of a naval guerrilla/counter guerrilla warfare capability within the U.S. Navy as SEAL units to CNO Admiral Burke.
Appointed Commander of the Taiwan Defense Command 1964-1967. 
Appointed by the Secretary of the Navy in late 1967 as the Senior Member, Navy Department's Board of Decorations and Medals that in 1969 recommended the Defense Distinguished Service Medal to the Secretary of Navy and ultimately approved by President Nixon in Executive Order 11545.
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