Ashland in Ashland County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Fleet Admiral William D. Leahy
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. Leahy’s 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.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
Location. 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. Marker is located in Bay View Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ashland WI 54806, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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. ¾ mile away); Security Savings Bank (approx. 1.3 miles 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). Touch for a list and map 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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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 17, 2011, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,122 times since then and 72 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 17, 2011, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.