Rear Admiral Frederick J. Bell

September 5, 1903 - October 15, 1994

1924 US Naval Academy graduate

1924-25 USS Texas Aide to Executive Officer and Junior Division Officer, Fire Control Division

1925 Torpedo School, Newport, Rhode Island

1926-1928 USS John D. Edwards, Torpedo Officer and Gunnery Officer

1928 Promotion to Lieutenant (j.g.)

1929 USS Preston Torpedo Officer

          USS Patoka Mooring Officer for Airships

1930-31 USS Concord Anti-aircraft Division Officer

1933-1934 Staff of VADM Walton R. Sexton as Personnel and Athletics Officer

1934 Promotion to Lieutenant

1934-1935 Staff of VADM Thomas T. Craven as Flag Secretary and Operations Officer aboard the USS West Virginia

1935-36 USS West Virginia Main Battery Assistant and Tactical Officer

1936-1938 Training Division, Bureau of Navigation, aide to RADM Adolphus Andrews

1938-1941 Aide and Flag Lieutenant to VADM Andrews, Commander, Scouting Force. Later Commander of Hawaiian Division aboard the USS Enterprise

1939 Promotion to Lt. Commander

1941-1942 USS Boise, Damage Control Officer and First Lieutenant

1942 Promotion to Commander

1942-43 USS Grayson, Commanding Officer

1943-45 Bureau of Naval Personnel Assistant Director (later Director) of Officer Distribution

1944 Promotion to Captain

March 1945 Destroyer Division commander

April 1946 Staff of Fleet Commander, China, assisted in formulations of policies for personnel on Chinese Navy

July 1946 Director, Enlisted Performance Division, Bureau of Naval Personnel

March 1947 Bureau of Naval Personnel, Assistant Director of Enlisted Personnel

April 1947 Bureau of Naval Personnel, Director of Enlisted Personnel

1 February 1948 effective date of retirement, promotion to Rear Admiral

 

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Bell's medals
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Bell as Episcopal minister, ordained in 1971 at the age of 68
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Early studio protrait
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Bell on Midshipman's cruise
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Large signed photo, USS West Virginia
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Areial view of fleet #1
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Aerial view of fleet #2
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USS Texas, ca. 1924
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Unknown
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Naval War College certificate
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Aboard the USS Indianapolis, ca. 1938

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Pre-war photo

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Bell, 2nd from left, aboard the USS Boise, ca. March 1942
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Bell on left
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Fleet on route from Seattle
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Leisure time
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Pre-war photo
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Aboard the USS West Virginia
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Officer's group portrait
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USS Boise, Indian Ocean, March 1942
.  Bell with CAPT E.J. Moran
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USS Boise
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Officers and crew of USS Grayson
, 12/15/42
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USS Grayson
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Wartime portrait
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Wartime photo
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Bell front and center
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Flag presentation
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Navy Cross Citation
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Navy Cross award from Sec. of the Navy Frank Knox
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Bronze Star Citation
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Bronze Star award ceremony
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Letter of appointment to rank of Lieutenant, 1934
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Orders for Bell to report to VADM Andrews, 1938
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USS Boise dispatch, 5 days after Pearl Harbor
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Battle Plans, stamped SECRET in Dutch
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Press release for award of Bell's Bronze Star
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Letter of commendation, 1/29/43
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USS Boise Orders For The Day, 12/12/41
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Night Order Book COMSCOFOR 1938-41
. Bell served as Flag Lieutenant to VADM Adolphus Andrews aboard the USS Enterprise
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Inner cover, COMSCOFOR book
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Page from COMSCOFOR Night Order Book
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Last page from COMSCOFOR Night Order Book
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USS Grayson Night Order Book
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Page from USS Grayson Night Order Book
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Night Order Book page from action on 8/24/42 in which Bell wins Navy Cross
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Night Order Book page from day when Grayson rescues crew of USS Meredith and USS Vireo
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Examination Papers for Admission to USNA
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Regulations of the US Naval Academy 1923
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Bell's book "Room To Swing A Cat"
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Bell's book "Condition Red"
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Unknown gathering
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Unknown group photo
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Unknown gathering
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Unknown group.  Bell second from left
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Unknown awards ceremony
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Unknown award ceremony
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Notice of Separation from US Naval Service
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USNA
Bachelor of Science certificate
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Certificate of Satisfactory Service certificate