Francis Lee Albert
Captain (Chaplain), United States Navy
L. ALBERT, NAVY CHAPLAIN IN WESTERN PACIFIC IN WORLD WAR II
WASHINGTON, September 27, 1976 – Captain Francis L. Albert, a Protestant Navy chaplain from 1918 until his retirement in 1953 who was decorated several times for his service in World War II, died this morning at the Ormond Beach Hospital at Ormond Beach, Florida, where he lived. He was 82 years old.
Captain Albert supervises 206 Navy chaplains ministering to 250,000 Navy men in the Western Pacific in World War II. He received the Purple Heart for wounds received in the battle for the Coral Sea and the Chaplains Medal for 10 Atlantic crossings with the Military Transport Service. He also received the Bronze Star and the Legion of Merit.
A Baptist, Captain Albert received his Navy commission at the age of 24. He was born in Elma, Iowa, and attended the Union Theological Seminary in New York and the Divinity School of the University of Chicago.
After his retirement from the Navy he became
pastor of the Chestnut Street Baptist Church.
Posted: 25 January 2008