RADM William C. Francis







CDR William C. Francis
(RADM-retired)
Commanding Officer
U.S.S. Whipple (FF-1062)
1977-1979









Commander Francis came to Whipple from the Office of the Secretary of Defense where he served as an analyst assigned to the Asia Division within the Directorate for Planning and Evaluation. During this assignment from May 1975 to April 1977 Commander Francis conducted comprehensive analyses of U.S. and allied capabilities and requirements. The results of these analyses were important in formulating Secretary of Defense guidance to the Services.

Commander Francis previous staff assignments include duty on the Chief of Naval Operations Staff as mobility analyst assigned to the Systems Analysis Division of OPNAV. He has seen duty on the personal staff of Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff as Administrative Aide and on the personal staff of the Chief of Naval Operations as the Assistant Secretary to the CNO for JCS matters.

Commander Francis' previous sea duty assignments include tours onboard U.S.S. John S. McCain (DDG-36) as Executive Officer; U.S.S. ST. Francis River (LFR-525) as Commanding Officer; U.S.S. Frank E. Evans (DD-754) as Engineering Officer; and U.S.S. Henley (DD-762) as Damage Control Assistant and Engineering Officer.

Commander Francis received his commission from Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island on 13 April 1962. He is a graduate of North Texas State University receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Government.

Commander Francis has received the following personal awards:

Bronze Star Medal with Combat V
Meritorious Service Medal Second Award
Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V
Navy Achievement Medal
Combat Action Ribbon
Vietnamese Distinguished Service Order 2nd Class

Commander Francis is married to the former Judith Louise Brown of Rossmoor, California. They have two children, Carrie and Scott.


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