Fleet Admiral William Frederick "Bill" Halsey, Jr., also known as "Bull" Halsey, GBE, USN, (October 30, 1882 – August 16, 1959), was a United States Navy officer, best remembered for his role in the Pacific Theater of World War II.
The son of a captain, Halsey entered the Naval Academy in 1900. He served primarily aboard battleships in his early years, including a stint on the Great White Fleet that circumnavigated the globe over between 1907 and 1909. His World War I service earned him the Navy Cross.
After the USA's entry into World War II, Halsey commanded the task force centered on the carrier Enterprise in a series of raids against Japanese-held targets in the Pacific Ocean. He was made commander, South Pacific Area and led the Allied forces over the course of the Battle for Guadalcanal (1942–43) and the fighting up the Solomon chain (1942–45). In 1943 he was made commander of the Third Fleet, and oversaw further incursions against Japanese positions, including the Battle of Leyte Gulf. However, in December, 1944, thanks to conflicting reports, Halsey sailed Third Fleet into a typhoon, which proved devastating to the fleet. Halsey faced a board of inquiry, and Third Fleet was reassigned. He was returned to command of the Fleet in May, 1945, and, despite sailing through another typhoon, Halsey remained in command of the fleet for the duration of the war.
After the war, Halsey entered the private sector. He died while on holiday in 1959.
Vice-Admiral William Halsey (1882-1941) was aboard his flagship USS Enterprise on December 7, 1941, when Japan began its invasion of the American territory of Hawaii by attacking Pearl Harbor. The Enterprise and the rest of the fleet rushed to engage the Japanese navy but were surprised by several squadrons of Japanese Zeroes. The Enterprise was heavily damaged by the Japanese planes. Halsey died in the attack.
Captain William Halsey was part of the tribunal that heard the case against Father Coughlin in 1936. He and Major Carl Spatz remained silent when the head of the tribunal, Colonel Walter Short asked what the tribunal believed Coughlin's sentence should be. First Lieutenant Nathan Bedford Forrest III, however, voted for Coughlin's execution, which was carried out in short order.