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Leyte landings, October-November 1944
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Albert Abraham Michelson was born 19 December 1852 at Strelno, Poland. At an early age, he and his parents immigrated to the United States, where they settled in San Francisco. He entered the U.S. Naval Academy 28 June 1869 and graduated 1873. After service on the North Atlantic Station in Worcester and Constellation, Michelson then returned to the academy as instructor of physics and chemistry. There he prepared a paper “On a Method of Measuring the Velocity of Light” which won him worldwide recognition.
Michelson was commissioned master 5 March 1879, and in 1880 was given leave of absence for advanced studies in Europe. He resigned from the Navy 30 September 1881 to continue intensive study of physics. In 1907, he received the Nobel Prize in Physics, the first American to be so honored. In the course of his research he received 11 honorary degrees from American and European universities, and numerous medals awarded for scientific achievement. He returned to the naval service as a lieutenant commander in Reserve status, and served in the Bureau of Ordnance during the closing months of World War I. Appointed commander in the Reserve in May 1919, he was recalled briefly to active duty in the 9th Naval District. Commander Michelson was released from the Navy 30 September 1921, and after another decade of significant research into the properties of light, died 9 May 1931 in Pasadena, Calif.
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|67k||USNS Michelson (T-AGS-23) underway, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo.
|Carl R Friberg, Jr. USNS Michelson|
|41k||USNS Michelson (T-AGS-23) underway, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo from DANFS.
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.|
|72k||USNS Michelson (T-AGS-23) underway, circa 1964, location unknown.
US Navy photo
|508k||Patch for Oceanographic Unit Three embarked in USNS Michelson (T-AGS-23)||Earl G. Adams|
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