Admiral John M. W i l l - Navy And Merchant Marine Leader-1900-1981

Admiral John Mylin Will, USN (ret.), who played a leading role in America's maritime community following a distinguished 40-year Navy career, died on May 8 at Walter Reade Army Hospital. He was 81.

While in the service, Admiral Will was regarded as one of the most versatile of Naval leaders; a technical man with a master's degree in engineering, a daring combat leader, a top submarine warfare expert, and an able administrator.

During World War II, as a submarine squadron commander, his ships penetrated deep into enemy waters to inflict heavy damage on enemy shipping.

When he r e t i r e d from the Navy, he was Commander of the Military Sea Transportation Service with more than 300 vessels and crews in his command.

Today that division is known as Military Sealift Command.

Admiral Will joined American Export Lines in 1959 as president, a position he held until 1965, and was named board chairman in 1960 and remained in that position until 1971. During that period he also served as president and chairman of the board of First Atomic Ship Transport Inc.

(FAST), charterers and operators of the Nuclear Ship Savannah.

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