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Ashland in Ashland County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Fleet Admiral William D. Leahy

 
 
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By Paul Fehrenbach, September 2, 2009
1. Fleet Admiral William D. Leahy Marker
Inscription. William Daniel Leahy was born in Iowa in 1875 and his family soon moved to Wisconsin. He graduated from Ashland High School in 1892 and for the rest of his life considered Ashland his home town.

Leahy graduated from the Naval Academy and served in the Spanish-American War. He planned naval operations for U.S. interventions in Nicaragua (1912), Haiti (1916), and Mexico (1916). During World War I, he became friendly with Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Franklin D. Roosevelt. Leahy was made Chief of the Bureau of Ordinance in 1927, rear admiral in 1930, and Chief of Naval Operations in 1937.

During the darkest hours of World War II in 1942, President Roosevelt appointed Leahy chief of staff to the commander-in-chief. Leahys tact and resourcefulness made him a valuable aide in military and diplomatic undertakings, including the inter-Allied conferences at Tehran, Yalta, and Potsdam.

Admiral Leahy became the first American sailor, and the only Wisconsinite, to attain the five-star rank of Fleet Admiral. He died in 1959 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
 
Erected 1991 by Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 304.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location.
Fleet Admiral William D. Leahy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, September 2, 2009
2. Fleet Admiral William D. Leahy Marker
46° 36.13′ N, 90° 51.788′ W. Marker is in Ashland, Wisconsin, in Ashland County. Marker is on Lake Shore Drive East (U.S. 2) 0.1 miles west of 20th Avenue East, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is located in Bay View Park. Marker is in this post office area: Ashland WI 54806, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Schooner Lucerne (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Doctor Edwin Ellis (approx. mile away); Northland College (approx. 1.6 miles away); Radisson-Groseilliers Fort (approx. 3 miles away); Washburn Historic Waterfront (approx. 4.8 miles away); Washburn Lumbering Days / The Hines Lumber Company (approx. 4.8 miles away); The Sprague Well (approx. 4.9 miles away); Bank of Washburn (approx. 5.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Ashland.
 
Also see . . .  Fleet Admiral William D. Leahy (1875 -1959). (Submitted on October 20, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
 
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Fleet Admiral William D. Leahy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, September 2, 2009
3. Fleet Admiral William D. Leahy Marker
View of Lake Superior from marker.
 
 
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