Frederick J. Harlfinger II – Vice Admiral, United States Navy

From a contemporary news report:

“Died at his home in Sarasota, Florida, December 28, 1993. The Admiral, who was known as “Fritz,” was 80. The cause was complications from respiratory problems, his family said.

“He was born in Albany, New York, September 14, 1913, and was a 1935 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He served on the battleship USS Arizona for two years and later transferred to submarine duty.

“Along with the rest of the crew, he earned the Silver Star for his service aboard a submarine that was used to remove a large part of the negotiable reserves of the Philippines in 1942. The cache, which included several tons of gold, silver and securities, was loaded at Corregidor almost within sight of the Japanese batteries on the southern shore of Manila Bay.

During the Korean War, he worked in research and development for the Chief of Naval Operations. In 1968, he was named Chief of Naval Intelligence and the Director of Command Support Systems.”

He retired in 1974. He is buried in Section 8 of Arlington National Cemetery.


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