William Halsey

Halsey, William Frederick, Jr.

William Frederick Halsey, Jr.: (Bull Halsey) (hôl´sē), 1882–1959, American admiral, b. Elizabeth, N.J., grad. Annapolis, 1904. In World War II he led (Jan., 1942) a spectacular carrier raid against the Marshall Islands and Gilbert Islands, and during the campaign in the Solomon Islands he assumed command of the South Pacific area. As commander (1944–45) of the U.S. 3d Fleet, he commanded the naval action in the Philippines, won the battle of Leyte Gulf (Oct., 1944) and led (July, 1945) the seaborne bombardment of Japan. He was promoted (Nov., 1945) to fleet admiral (five-star admiral) and retired in 1947. His experiences in World War II were published as Admiral Halsey's Story (1947).

See J. M. Merrill, A Sailor's Admiral (1976).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Admiral Halsey's Story
William F. Halsey; J. Bryan.
Whittlesey House, 1947
The Fifth Star: High Command in An Era of Global War
George M. Hall.
Praeger Publishers, 1994
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 9 "William Frederick Halsey, Jr."
Marines in the Central Solomons
John N. Rentz.
Historical Branch, Headquarters, U. S. Marine Corps, 1952
Librarian’s tip: "Vella Lavella: Halsey's By-Pass" begins on p. 131
Iron Admirals: Naval Leadership in the Twentieth Century
Ronald Andidora.
Greenwood Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "The Fighter and the Strategist"
Strategy and Command: The First Two Years
Louis Morton.
Office of the Chief of Military History, Dept. of the Army, 1962
Into the Shadows Furious: The World War II Assault on New Georgia
Brian Altobello.
Presidio Press, 2000
The Battle for Leyte Gulf
C. Vann Woodward.
The Macmillan Company, 1947
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