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Papers of Admiral Louis E. Denfeld


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Biographical Note

Admiral Louis E. Denfeld (1891-1972) held a number of important commands and posts, including Chief of Naval Personnel (1945-1947), Commander in Chief Pacific and Pacific Fleet (1947) and Chief of Naval Operations (1947-1949). Following his testimony in October 1949 before the Congressional B-36 hearings on national security affairs, Admiral Denfeld was relieved as Chief of Naval Operations by the Secretary of the Navy.

Scope and Content Note

These papers include Admiral Denfeld's personal/official correspondence as Commander in Chief Pacific and Pacific Fleet (1947) and as Chief of Naval Operations (1947-1949). Also included are letters received and acknowledged following Denfeld's relief as Chief of Naval Operations, and a subject file covering the years 1945-1949.

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as Papers of Louis E. Denfeld, Archives Branch, Naval History and Heritage Command, Washington, D.C.

Subject Headings (LCSH)

United States. Navy--History--Sources.
United States. Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.
B-36 bomber.


5 cubic feet


Published:Fri Apr 28 13:14:02 EDT 2017