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Vice Adm. Kenneth R. Wheeler was a former supply corps officer whose role in the Navy was much like that of the ship that bears his name – to ensure that war fighters have what they need, when and where they need it. As a prisoner of war for 42 months during World War II, Wheeler faced some of life’s greatest adversities, but overcame them to craft a brilliant Navy career that culminated in his assignment as the 31st chief of the supply corps and vice chief of Naval material from 1970-1973. Among his military awards were the Distinguished Service Medal, three Bronze Star Medals, two Legion of Merit Medals, the Purple Heart and the Distinguished Unit Citations. In addition, he received the George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. After retirement, the admiral continued his close association with the Navy as an influential member of the boards of directors of both the Navy Supply Corps Association and the Navy Supply Corps Foundation.
|9k||MV Vice Adm. K.R. Wheeler (AG-5001) underway during underway sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico.||Lee Wahler|
|547k||MV Vice Adm. K.R. Wheeler (AG-5001) underway during underway off Elgin Air Force Base, FL., September 2007.||MSC web site|
|823k||Capt. Rob Verret, master of MV Vice Adm. K.R. Wheeler (AG-5001), Cdr. Ron Oswald, Commanding Officer, Military Sealift Command Office, Korea, Capt. Jim Romano, Commander, Sealift Logistics Command, Far East and Walt Christiansen, director of the Busan United Seamen’s Service Center, take a ceremonial wreath towards the water on National Maritime Day, held May 16 in Busan, South Korea. Maritime Day honors the service and sacrifice of merchant mariners past and present. The wreath was retrieved and taken aboard Wheeler, where, on May 19, it will be released in open water to honor thousands of mariners who perished in service to the nation.
US Navy photo 80516-N-3392B-002 BUSAN Republic of Korea (16 May 2008) by Edward Baxter.
|333k||John W. Mansfield, left, civilian master of USNS VADM K. R. Wheeler (T-AG-5001), gives a guided tour of his ship to active and reserve members of the United States, Republic of Korea and Australian militaries.
US Navy photo 130316-N-TB410-047 BUSAN, Republic of Korea (March 16, 2013) by
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