WALDEMAR F.A. WENDT
Official U.S. Navy photograph of the newly-appointed Admiral.
Photograph signed: "Best wishes/W.F.A. Wendt/Admiral, U.S.N." B/w,
8x10. Official U.S. Navy photograph taken by E.G. Fredette on June 13,
1968. Mimeographed caption on verso. Waldemar Frederick August Wendt
(1912-1997) was confirmed as an Admiral by the U.S. Senate on June 6,
1968. Commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy in 1933, Wendt saw service in WWII
on the staff of the Commander Destroyer Squadrom 30 (in the North African
invasion), and he was the commander of the destroyer, Monaghan,
for which he received the Bronze Star with Combat V. In late 1945, Wendt became
the head of the Pacific Section, Fleet Operations Division, Office of the
Chief of Naval Operations, Navy Department before becoming Executive Officer
of the heavy cruiser, Helena. In 1953, Wendt assumed command of
Escort Destroyer Division 22, and he then served on the faculty of the
National War College in Washington, D.C. (1954-1956). Wendt's next
assignment was commander of the U.S.S. Rankin from 1956-1957.
After becoming a Rear Admiral in 1960, Wendt served in the Pacific. Wendt
was promoted to Vice Admiral in 1965, and he became Deputy Chief of
Naval Operations (Plans and Policy) in 1967. On July 12, 1968, a month
after this photograph was taken, Admiral Wendt assumed command of all U.S.
naval operations in Europe, the eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean, North
Africa and the Middle East. After retiring in 1971, Wendt, who had received
three Distinguished Service Medals for his leadership, served on the
Board of Overseers of the Center of Naval Analysis, under the auspices of
the University of Rochester. Written at dark area but completely legible. Minor
surface creases (most not evident head on). Fine condition.
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