Radford, Arthur

Radford, Arthur (William)

(1896–1973) naval officer; born in Chicago. He commanded a carrier group that played a notable role in the Gilbert and Marshall Islands campaigns. He was vice-chief of naval operations (1948–49) and commander of the Pacific Fleet (1949–53). He protested what he saw as a reduction of the navy's importance and was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1953–57).
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