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Frederick Carl Sherman
Vice Admiral Frederick C. Sherman
Nickname "Ted"
Born (1888-05-27)May 27, 1888
Died July 27, 1957(1957-07-27) (aged 69)
Place of birth Port Huron, Michigan
Place of death San Diego, California
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1910-1947
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Vice Admiral
Commands held USS Lexington (CV-2)
Fifth Fleet

World War I
World War II

Awards Navy Cross (3)
Distinguished Service Medal (3)
Legion of Merit
Other work author

Frederick Carl Sherman (May 27, 1888 – July 27, 1957) was a highly decorated admiral of the United States Navy during World War II.


Sherman was born in Port Huron, Michigan in 1888. His grandfather, Loren Sherman, was the longtime editor and publisher of The Daily Times in Port Huron. His father, Frederick Ward Sherman, sold the newspaper in 1907 and moved to California, where he was editor and publisher of The Daily Independent in Santa Barbara in 1911. Sherman graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1910. He served as commanding officer of submarines H-2 and O-2 during World War I.

After becoming a naval aviator, Sherman served as executive officer of USS Saratoga (CV-3) in 1937, and of Naval Air Station San Diego to 1938. He commanded USS Lexington (CV-2) from 1940 until her loss in the Battle of the Coral Sea. Promoted to rear admiral, he served as assistant chief of staff to COMINCH Admiral Ernest King until the end of 1942. He served in the Fast Carrier Task Force, as Commander, Carrier Division 2 in 1943, and as Commander, Task Group 38.3 in 1944–45.

Sherman was a three-time winner of the Navy Cross. On 11 January 1961, Frederick C. Sherman Field at San Clemente Island, California was dedicated in honor of Vice Admiral Sherman. Promoted to vice admiral in 1945, he became Commander, United States Fifth Fleet in 1946.

Sherman retired in 1947, and died on 27 July 1957 at San Diego, California.

Sherman wrote Combat Command, a history of the Pacific Theater of World War II, drawing on his personal experiences. Combat Command was published in 1950 by E.P. Dutton Inc, and again by Bantam Books in 1982.


Here is the ribbon bar of Vice Admiral Frederick C. Sherman:

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Bronze star
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Naval Aviator Badge
Submarine Warfare insignia
1st Row Navy Cross with two Gold Stars Navy Distinguished Service Medal with two Gold Stars
2nd Row Legion of Merit with "V" Device Navy Commendation Medal Nicaraguan Campaign Medal Mexican Service Medal
3rd Row World War I Victory Medal with Submarine clasp American Defense Service Medal with Fleet Clasp American Campaign Medal Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with five Service stars
4th Row World War II Victory Medal Navy Occupation Service Medal Companion of the Order of the British Empire Philippine Liberation Medal with two bronze stars


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Naval History & Heritage Command.

History of St. Clair County, Michigan, by William Lee Jenks, 1911

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