|Birth: ||Feb. 24, 1897|
|Death: ||Jul. 19, 1955|
His cousins Victor and Archie
Son of a Czech immigrant and brother and cousin of other Naval Academy graduates, two of whom were also prominent Naval Aviators and test pilots.
Graduated US Naval Academy in the class of 1923; designated a Naval Aviator after flight training and became a test pilot who set altitude and speed records. Had command of aircraft carriers in the Pacific during WWII and was Commander Task Force 77 during the Korean War. Served as Chief of the Bureau of Aeronautics until retirement and died of a heart attack a few days after he retired.
A sea story sent by my 1953 class and company mate, a naval aviator.: "In my first squadron, one of the mechs told me that he had been in a squadron of F-9F-2 during Korea on the ship in which Apollo Soucek had his flag as CTF 77. Soucek decided he wanted to check out in the F9 deuce while they had planes at Atsugi during an in port. The sailor was helping Soucek get going including a cockpit brief and saying something like, " now Admiral, when you go to full throttle you want to see the TPT (tail pipe temperature) at 675 degrees." Soucek replied, " son, I can't read those numbers, show me where the needle ought to be!". At that Soucek got a start, took off, flew around for a while and brought the plane back in good shape!"
Source: CAPT Paul L Dudley, Jr. Navy '53, son of RADM P.L. Dudley, Navy '26
Other prominent U.S. Navy officers related to Apollo Soucek include:
Brother: LCDR Zeus Soucek Findagrave #1208934
Cousin: Captain Victor H. Soucek Findagrave #49320189
Cousin: Captain Archie H. Soucek FindAGrave #86052724
John Grothard Soucek (1865 - 1952)
Lydia Pishny Soucek (1870 - 1903)
Agnes Eleanor O'Connor Soucek (1902 - 1951)*
Apollo Soucek (1897 - 1955)
Zeus Soucek (1899 - 1967)*
Venus Soucek (1901 - 1904)*
Note: VICE ADM US NAVY
Arlington National Cemetery
Plot: Sec: 3, Site: 2124-B
Maintained by: Jack Davison
Originally Created by: John C. Anderson
Record added: Mar 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 49320185
Ensign A. Soucek, USN, designated Naval Aviator #3145 in 1924.|
Added: May. 6, 2014
My dad flew with you in VF-1 Fighting One from Saratoga (CV-3) and served under tyou at the Bureau of Aeronautics.|
Added: Dec. 27, 2012
You flew higher than anyone ever had done.|
Added: Dec. 27, 2012
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