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Julius Augustus Furer (October 9, 1880 – June 5, 1963) was a rear admiral in the United States Navy. During World War II, Furer served as Coordinator of Research and Development and the senior member of the National Research and Development Board.

Julius Augustus Furer
Born(1880-10-09)October 9, 1880
Mosel, Wisconsin
DiedJune 5, 1963(1963-06-05) (aged 82)
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branchSeal of the United States Department of the Navy.svg United States Navy
Years of service1901-1945,1951
RankUS-O8 insignia.svg Rear Admiral
Commands heldCoordinator of Research and Development
Battles/warsWorld War I
World War II
AwardsNavy Cross
Legion of Merit


Furer was born Julius Augustus Furer on October 9, 1880 in Mosel, Wisconsin.[1] He would obtain of M.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and marry Helen Emery, who died in 1974. Furer died on June 5, 1963 and is buried with Helen at Arlington National Cemetery.


Furer graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1901 and was assigned to the USS Indiana (BB-1). In 1911 Furer was put in charge of purchasing all tools, machinery, and dock facilities for the Navy's newest base, Pearl Harbor. During World War I Furer was in command of the Supply Division of the Bureau of Construction and Repair. Following the war he was assigned to the United States Pacific Fleet. In 1928 he was assigned to the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard where he would supervise the modernization of the USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) and USS New Mexico (BB-40). Later Furer served the Naval Attaché at the United States Embassy in London, United States Embassy in Paris, the United States Embassy in Berlin, and the United States Embassy in Rome. During World War II Furer worked in research and development.

Awards he received include the Navy Cross and the Legion of Merit. The USS Julius A. Furer (FFG-6) was named for him.


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