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Blandy, William Henry Purnell

Born: 1890 AD
Died: 1954 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Admiral

1890 – Born on the 28th of June in New York City. He was an admiral in the United States Navy during World War II.

1913 – Blandy graduated first in his class from the United States Naval Academy.

1914 – He participated in the occupation of Veracruz, Mexico and served on board the battleship Florida (BB-30) with the British Grand Fleet during World War I.

1941-1943 – During World War II he was Chief of the Bureau of Ordnance; then Commander, Group 1, Amphibious Force, Pacific Fleet. After the war he commanded Joint Task Force 1 during the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll.

1947-1950 – He commanded the 2nd Task Fleet and later served as Commander-in-Chief, Atlantic Fleet.

1950 – Admiral Blandy retired.

1954 – He died on the 12th of January and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

1956 – The destroyer USS Blandy (DD-943) was named in his honor.