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Reflections on a Distinguished Military Career, Admiral Stanley R. Arthur, USN (Ret.)
Former Vice Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Stanley R. Arthur and Dr. Edward J. Marolda join us for a discussion highlighting moments in Admiral Arthur's naval career. Sponsored by the U.S Naval Institute.
Based on Admiral Arthur's oral history interview conducted by Dr. Moralda for the United States Naval Institute, this discussion will highlight Admiral Arthur's service as former Vice Chief of Naval Operations, his over 500 combat missions as an A-4 pilot during the Vietnam War and his command of the Seventh Fleet at the outbreak of the Persian Gulf War.
ADMIRAL STANLEY R. ARTHUR, USN (Ret.) attended Miami University (Oxford, Ohio), on a Navy ROTC scholarship. Graduating in 1957, he entered flight training and in 1958 earned his wings as a naval aviator. During the Vietnam War, he completed 514 combat missions, many as Commanding Officer of Attack Squadron 164 on board the aircraft carrier USS Hancock (CVA-19). He commanded the combat stores ship USS San Jose (AFS-7) and the aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea (CV-43) and served as Commander Carrier Group Seven. Admiral Arthur’s staff tours included assignments with Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet in Hawaii, the Rapid Deployment Joint Task Force, Commander in Chief, Central Command (twice), and the Bureau of Naval Personnel. He served as the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Logistics before being selected to command the U.S. Seventh Fleet based in Yokosuka, Japan. In that capacity, he led U.S. and multinational forces in Operation Desert Storm. Admiral Arthur capped his 38-year career in the Navy as the Vice Chief of Naval Operations.
Admiral Arthur is the recipient of the Navy Distinguished Service Medal (three awards), the Legion of Merit (four awards, one with Combat “V”), the Distinguished Flying Cross (11 awards), the Meritorious Service Medal, individual Air Medal (4 awards), the Strike/Flight Air Medal (47 awards), the Navy Commendation Medal (two awards, one with Combat “V”), various foreign personal decorations, and additional individual U.S. and Foreign Service and campaign awards.
Admiral Arthur was inducted into the Naval Aviation Hall of Honor in 2008. Each year, the Admiral Stan Arthur Award for Logistics Excellence is presented to recognize military and civilian logisticians who epitomize excellence in logistics planning and execution.
DR. EDWARD J. MAROLDA served for many years as the U.S. Navy’s Senior Historian at the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) in Washington, D.C., and was NHHC’s Acting Director of Naval History and the Chief of the Histories and Archives Division. He earned an MA in European diplomatic history at Georgetown University and a Ph.D. in U.S. history at George Washington University. He has authored, coauthored, or edited numerous books on the history of the U.S. Navy with a focus on the Cold War period in the Far East. Recent works include Knowing the Enemy: Naval Intelligence in Southeast Asia (NHHC, 2016), Naval Air War: The Rolling Thunder Campaign (2015), and Ready Seapower: A History of the U.S. Seventh Fleet (2011). With Robert J. Schneller, Dr. Marolda coauthored the award-winning Shield and Sword: The U.S. Navy and the Persian Gulf War (Naval Institute Press, 2001).
A U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, Dr. Marolda has presented numerous lectures in the United States and overseas. For many years, he spearheaded the Navy’s oral history initiatives and partnerships, so clearly, on many levels, Dr. Marolda is an ideal fit and most distinguished addition to the team of field historians serving in the Naval Institute Oral History Program.