Frederick C. Sherman


Frederick C. Sherman
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Vice Admiral Frederick C. Sherman
Born(1888-05-27)May 27, 1888
Port Huron, Michigan
DiedJuly 27, 1957(1957-07-27) (aged 69)
San Diego, California
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service1910–1947
Commands heldUnited States Fifth Fleet
Carrier Division 2
USS Lexington (CV-16)
USS Lexington (CV-2)
USS O-7 (SS-68)
USS H-2 (SS-69)
Battles/warsWorld War I
World War II
AwardsNavy Cross (3)
Navy Distinguished Service Medal (3)
Legion of Merit
Other workAuthor

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

Early life

Sherman was born in Port Huron, Michigan on May 27, 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.

Naval career

Sherman graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1910. He served as commanding officer of submarines USS H-2 (SS-29) and USS O-7 (SS-68) 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 Sherman during his command of 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 Commander in Chief Atlantic Fleet, 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.

Later life and legacy

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.

Sherman appeared on the Groucho Marx radio game show You Bet Your Life on January 4, 1950, where he mentioned his greatest thrill as being on the bridge of the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, watching the Japanese sign surrender terms at the end of World War II. He and a recent naval recruit contested the major prize of $1000 but were unsuccessful.

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.


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

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Bronze star
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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 Commander of the Order of the British Empire Philippine Liberation Medal with two bronze stars


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

External links

  • Vice-Admiral Frederick Carl Sherman – from