WW2, Pacific War, the Early Years
Admiral FRANK JACK FLETCHER – Photos
1917, on the way to Europe
USS Margaret (SP-527)
Ship's original officers, circa October 1917. Lieutenant Commander Frank Jack Fletcher, her Commanding Officer, is in the center.
Photographed by Raymond D. Borden.
Maggie was a converted sailing yacht built in 1899.
USS Margaret (SP-527) :
Ship's officers stand by her binnacle, while Margaret was at Ponta Delgada, Azores, circa December 1917.
Lieutenant Commander Frank Jack Fletcher, her Commanding Officer, is in the center.
Photographed by Raymond D. Borden.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
Ship's officers and crew posed on board while she was at Ponta Delgada, Azores, in February 1918. Lieutenant Commander Frank Jack Fletcher, her Commanding Officer, is in the center of the second row.
Photographed by Raymond D. Borden.
FJF leaves Maggie for duty on destroyers, 01Mar'1918. Recommends SP-527 be scrapped.
Link: Maggie of the Suicide Fleet
Between the Wars
Captain FJF among Admiral Taylor staff aboard CA-2, ___ 1932
View taken circa 1932 while on board USS Rochester (CA-2), at Shanghai, China with his staff.
First Row: left to right
Courtesty of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C. Collection of Mrs. Louisa R. Alger.
Captain Montgomery E. Higgins, M.C., USN;
Captain Ivan E. Bass, USN;
Captain Frank J. Fletcher, USN;
Admiral Montgomery M. Taylor, USN;
Commander Donald B. Beary, USN;
Captain Jeffrey F. Kutz, S.C., USN; and
Colonel Jeffrey F. Dyer, USMC
Second Row: includes, not in order
Lieutenant Henri H. Smith-Hutton, USN;
Lieutenant Commander Charles A. MacGowan, USN;
Lieutenant Commander Philip W. Warren, USN;
Lieutenant Commander Francis T. Spellman, USN; and
Lieutenant Junior Grade Royal Lovell, USN
Other officers are unidentified.
U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph
Admiral Montgomery M. Taylor, USN, Commander-in-Chief, Asiatic Fleet (left);
Captain Frank Jack Fletcher, USN, Chief of Staff to CinC, Asiatic Fleet (center) and
Captain R.A. Dawes, USN, Commanding Officer, USS Houston (CA-30)
Ashore in the Far East, circa 1931-33.
Note mourning bands worn on their left sleeves.
Collection of Lieutenant Oscar W. Levy, USN(SC).
U.S. Naval History & Heritage Command Photograph
War raged in Europe and all but England have fallen. USN still had biplane fighters.
The Battle of Britain. Tripartite Pact -- Japan joins Facists.
Minneapolis (CA-36) is RAdm. Fletcher's flagship as Commander Cruisers.
Fletcher's Flagship of new Task Force 17, Yorktown (CV-5), had been on Neutrality Patrol in the Atlantic.
Oiler Noesha is sent off to "safety".
U.S. Task Force was in bright sunlight in the Coral Sea, whereas Japanese were able to hide under cloud cover.
During the first attack. Hornet bombers had missed the Japanese. Planes from Hiryu follow US planes back to find Yorktown.
After the first attack. Dead in water, Soon back to operations
During the second wave attack while Yorktown scouting planes search for that fourth enemy carrier. They find Hiryu and she is put under before dark.
After the second attack Yorktown lists badly and is abandoned.
Still afloat, recovery started on abandoned Yorktown.
Third attack ; two days after the Battle of Midway, in which Admiral Fletcher sank four enemy carriers in the most important naval victory of the war, a Jap sub puts down Hammann and two more torpedoes into Yorktown which sinks the next day.
Pacific Fleet Flag Officers
At a shipboard awards ceremony, held at Pearl Harbor on 17 June 1942, after Midway.
The officers are (left to right):
Vice Admiral William L. Calhoun, Commander, Service Force Pacific Fleet;
Rear Admiral Frank Jack Fletcher, Commander, Task Force 17;
Rear Admiral Thomas C. Kinkaid, Commander, Cruiser Division 6;
Rear Admiral William Ward Smith, Commander, Task Group 17.2;
Rear Admiral Marc A. Mitscher;
Rear Admiral Robert H. English, Commander, Submarines Pacific Fleet.
Eastern Solomon Sea
After repulsing Japanese counter attack in the Eastern Solomons and sinking his sixth
enemy carrier, Saratoga was torpedoed and returned to Pearl for repairs. Photographed on board ship, 17 September 1942
THE definitive work on FJF in WW2.
Martha Richards Fletcher.
Lusitania had been sunk May 1915. In January 1917 Germany again instituted unrestricted submarine warfare and the Zimmerman note was intercepted offering Mexico aid in recovering Texas, New Mexico. and Arizona. The following month the US broke diplomatic relations with German. 10Feb'17 Jack and Martha married in New York City, where Frank was seeing to the conversion of USS Margaret. On 6April war with Germany was declared. When not enough volunteered to the President's call for one million men, the draft was instituted 18May'17 to eventually reach 2.8 million. Maggie was commissioned 16Oct'17 and started for France 4Nov'17 arriving in Bermuda after Thanksgiving. An American battleship force arrived in England 7 December 1917. Maggie made it to the Azores by December, but not further. Frank Jack left Maggie for a destroyer 1Mar'17. By summer 1918, the U.S. was sending 10,000 fresh soldiers to France every day.
So they were married on the certainty of war, probably while Frank was stationed at the shipyard seeing to the conversion of the yacht to a pretend warship.
He left for action in Europe before the American Fleet, as was his intent, but arrived well after the real, Navy but before the Army.
He returned to Martha 15Sep'18 at New York, NY, on the Scotian from Liverpool, England.
How did Martha and Frank meet? She was from Kansas?
Mrs. Fletcher Sponsor of the submarine Hake, Christening, July 17,1942.
Mrs FJFletcher Sponsor for the submarine USS Hake (SS-256) commissioned 30 October 1942.
Hake made nine war patrols and sank seven Japanese ships including a destroyer.
Looks to me like Under Secretary of the Navy Forrestal.
Jack and Martha with Secretary of Navy Knox at commissioning.
Fletcher is looking behind him, probably making a joke and everybody laughs, including Knox.
Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, USN, Commander-in-Chief, Pacific
With other flag and general officers, at CinCPac Headquarters, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, circa 1944.
Those present are (left to right):
Collection of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz.
Lieutenant General Delos C. Emmons, U.S. Army;
Vice Admiral Frank Jack Fletcher, USN;
Admiral Raymond A. Spruance, USN and
Lieutenant General Simon Bolivar Buckner, U.S. Army.
The Fletcher class of Destroyer was named after his uncle, Admiral Frank Friday Fletcher.
175 were built from 1942-1944.
A second destroyer, USS Fletcher (DD-992), 1980 to 2004, was named after Frank Jack Fletcher.
Naval Air Station, Adak, Alaska
Rear Admiral Francis E.M. Whiting, Vice Admiral Frank Jack Fletcher and U.S. Representative Warren G. Magnuson (of Washington) at the airfield, upon the return of RAdm. Whiting to Adak, 29 January 1944.
Wing and engine of a Douglas R5D transport plane is in the left background.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, U.S. National Archives collection
The admiral arrives at awards ceremony in Alaska.
Adm Fletcher awards Legion of Merit to Commodore Leslie E. Gehres Feb 17, 1944 in Kodiak, Alaska.
Fletcher boarding Amphibious Force Flagship
Command ship, USS Panamint (AGC-13), at anchor in Mutsu Bay, Northern Honshu, Japan, 15 September 1945 after accepting the surrender of Japanese forces in Northern Japan.
Click on picture to see USS Panamint (AGC-13), at Sasebo, Japan, 19 December 1945.
Mrs Fred Remington Greene with FJF.
President Roosevelt at Adak.
After the War
"Araby" was Fletcher's, Maryland, estate.
Arlington National Cemetery
USS Fletcher (DD-992) is named in honor of Admiral Fletcher.
[ Click for USS Fletcher (DD-992) at Fremantle, Australia, January 20 1999. ]
- "Black Shoe Carrier Admiral:
Frank Jack Fletcher and the Pacific Fleet" by John Lundstrom,
ISBN: 1591144752, June 2006
- "LOS DÍAS DE
FLETCHER" by Andrés Lazarús del Castillo,
Instituto De Publicatciones Navales, ISBN 9508990546, Marca 2004
- "The Days of Fletcher" by Andrés Lazarús del Castillo,
Naval Publications Institute ; ISBN 950-899-054-6, Dec 2004
- "Stormy Seas" - story by
Marshalltimes, his hometown paper.
- Wikipedia Entry -- Sept. 11, 2007
- "The Days of Fletcher" by Andrés Lazarús del Castillo, eBook ; ISBN 9789870539674. Feb. 2008.
To be cataloged and inscribed.
About this page: FJFPics Photographs to accompany Frank Jack Fletcher.
Created May 26, 2010. Last updated on 28March'14.