Fleet Admiral William D. Leahy

Fleet Admiral William D. Leahy (HMWMP)

Location: Ashland, WI 54806 Ashland County
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Country: United States of America
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N 46° 36.13', W 90° 51.788'

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William Daniel Leahy was born in Iowa in 1875 and his family soon moved to Wisconsin. He graduated from Ashland High School in 1892 and for the rest of his life considered Ashland his home town.

Leahy graduated from the Naval Academy and served in the Spanish-American War. He planned naval operations for U.S. interventions in Nicaragua (1912), Haiti (1916), and Mexico (1916). During World War I, he became friendly with Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Franklin D. Roosevelt. Leahy was made Chief of the Bureau of Ordinance in 1927, rear admiral in 1930, and Chief of Naval Operations in 1937.

During the darkest hours of World War II in 1942, President Roosevelt appointed Leahy chief of staff to the commander-in-chief. Leahy's tact and resourcefulness made him a valuable aide in military and diplomatic undertakings, including the inter-Allied conferences at Tehran, Yalta, and Potsdam.

Admiral Leahy became the first American sailor, and the only Wisconsinite, to attain the five-star rank of Fleet Admiral. He died in 1959 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number304
Year Placed1991
Placed ByWisconsin Historical Society
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Date Added Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 9:38pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 663656 N 5163173
Decimal Degrees46.60216667, -90.86313333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 46° 36.13', W 90° 51.788'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds46° 36' 7.80" N, 90° 51' 47.28" W
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Area Code(s)715
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1801-2005 Lake Shore Dr E, Ashland WI 54806, US
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