Francis Stuart Low

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Francis Stuart Low

Albany, Albany County, New York, USA
Death 22 Jan 1964 (aged 69)
Alameda, Alameda County, California, USA
Burial Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA
Plot Section 9
Memorial ID 21725287 · View Source
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United States Navy Vice Admiral. He was a career Naval officer, most noted for being the one who conceived the plan to attack the Japanese home land with medium bombers in the advent of World War II. In 1915, he began his career graduating from the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, served in submarines during World War I and later worked on submarine and torpedo research. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, which entered America into World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked his top military leaders to figure out a way to strike back at Japan's homeland as quickly as possible. In response to the President's urging, Captain Low then an Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer on Admiral Ernest King's staff, presented the plan it might be possible for Army medium bombers to take off from a Navy carrier. When Captain Low took his concept to the President and his Military General Staff, four squadrons of B-25 bombers of US Army Air Corps volunteers under the command of Lieutenant Colonel James H. Jimmy Doolittle were formed and put into secret training. Thus of April 18, 1942, sixteen B-25 bombers lunched from the carrier USS Hornet, resulted in Jimmy Doolittle's air raid against Tokyo Japan which marked the beginning toward victory for America and her allies in World War II. Promoted Rear Admiral, for the remainder of the war he was a key architect in the planning and implementation of the 10th Fleet. He was in command of Cruiser Division 16 during the Okinawa invasion and later Commander of Destroyers, Pacific Fleet. In 1947, he was Commander of Services Pacific, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations in 1950 and was Commander of Western Sea Frontier before retiring as a Vice Admiral in 1953.

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