Alfred Clarence Olney, Jr., USN

Born  29 Jan 1901Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Died  1 Aug 1997(96)La Jolla, San Diego, California, USA

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23 Jun 1938 Lt.Cdr.
1 Jan 1942 T/Cdr.
30 Jun 1942 Cdr.
1 May 1943 T/Capt.
  Rear Admiral


Warship Commands listed for Alfred Clarence Olney, USN

USS Altamaha (ii) (CVE 18)T/Capt.Escort carrier20 Oct 194328 Feb 1945 (1)

Career information

Graduated from US Naval Academy and served as naval aviator. Retired with rank of Rear Admiral after flying every type of Navy aircraft used between 1925 and 1952. During WWII served in Pacific theatre as commanding officer of escort aircraft carrier USS Altamaha, and earned Legion of Merit with combat V.


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Escort carrier USS Altamaha (ii) (CVE 18)

18 Dec 1944
By early morning on the 18th December 1944, Altamaha had been hit by a raging typhoon while performing transfer operations in the Philippine Sea. By 0900, the escort carrier was labouring heavily and rolling as much as 25 to 30 degrees to either side. An hour later, visibility dropped to zero, and the vessel abandoned all effort to keep station. Almost one-half of the aircraft on board Altamaha broke loose and plunged overboard. The ship also experienced problems with flooding in the forward elevator pit. Many ships, including the Altamaha were heavily damaged, and some even sunk. No personnel were lost aboard the Altamaha. (2)

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