Frederick C. Sherman
|Frederick Carl Sherman|
Vice Admiral Frederick C. Sherman
|Born||May 27, 1888
Port Huron, Michigan
|Died||July 27, 1957
San Diego, California
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1910-1947|
|Commands held||USS Lexington (CV-2)
|Battles/wars||World War I
World War II Battle of Coral Sea, Battle of Midway, Battle of Guadalcanal, Strike on Rabaul, Gilberts, Marshalls, Battle of the Phillepens, Battle of Leyte Gulf, Battle of Iwo Jima, Battle of Okinawa
|Awards||Navy Cross (3)|
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.
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.
- This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Naval History & Heritage Command.
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History of St. Clair County, Michigan, by William Lee Jenks, 1911