_Stephen Paul BARCHET __ | (1843 - 1909) m 1868 _George E. BARCHET __| | | | |_Mary Elizabeth BAUSUM _+ | (1849 - 1926) m 1868 | |--Stephen G BARCHET | (1901 - 1964) | ________________________ | | |_ UNKNOWN ___________| | |________________________
Rear Admiral Stephen G. Barchet
Rear Admiral, Born 1901, Died 1964
Having previously studied at St. Johns College and Johns HopkinsUniversity, Stephen G. Barchet entered the United States Naval Academyin the fall of 1919, graduating with the Class of 1924. Commissionedas an ensign upon his graduation, Barchet spent the next ten years ina variety of assignments. During that period he served in battleships,destroyers, and submarines. He also returned to the Naval Academy asan instructor, teaching AC and DC electrical theory to 3rd and 4thyear midshipmen.
Barchet's seagoing duties during the same period included assignmentsas electrical and engineer officer, organization, administration, shipoperations and direction of personnel.
From 1934, Barchet served as the commanding officer of S-12 and, in1939, assumed command of Argonaut, the first (and only) purpose-builtmine laying submarine in the U.S. fleet. Argonaut was the largestAmerican submarine until the advent of nuclear power. At the time ofthe Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, then Lieutenant Commander Barchetwas on station in Argonaut near Midway.
During this first war patrol, Barchet made a submerged approach onwhat was initially believed to be a Japanese invasion force attackingMidway. (In fact, it was a pair of destroyers detached from the PearlHarbor attack force on a hit and run raid.) Submerged sonar attackswere in keeping with the established American submarine doctrine ofthe immediate pre-war period, and further justified by Argonaut's age,great size, inadequate diving capabilities, and lack of speed andmaneuverability. Despite some objections raised by his executiveofficer, Barchet's wisdom was amply borne out by Argonaut's onlyattempt to act as an attack submarine, when she was lost with allhands in the counter-attack.
After taking Argonaut to Mare Island for modernization, Barchet movedon to a number of wartime commands. These included SubDiv 5 and SubDiv32. During the early phases of the war he planned, organized, anddirected defensive submarine war patrols in defense of the PanamaCanal Zone.
From 1943-44, Barchet was Operations Officer on the staff of CommanderSubmarines, Atlantic Fleet. This post involved planning andoperational supervision of some 100 submarines and support vessels.Barchet was awarded the Legion of Merit for his achievements in thispost.
Promoted to captain, he also served as Operations Officer, 7thAmphibious Force, Pacific. In this assignment he coordinated planningand supervised operations of approximately 1,000 ships and craft,consisting of cruisers, destroyers, transports, and landing craft.These operations included the assault landings at Lingayen Gulf, theoccupation of Korea, movement of Nationalist troops to north China,and the repatriation of Japanese troops at the end of the war.
At the end of the war he was serving as Acting Chief of Staff forAdmiral Dan Barbey, Commander, 7th Amphibious Force, Pacific. Hereceived an additional Legion of Merit, a Bronze Star, and theNationalist Chinese Order of Flower for these services.
From 1946-48, Captain Barchet served as executive officer of the NavalTorpedo Station, Newport, Rhode Island. At that time this facilityemployed up to 3,000 military and civilian personnel engaged in themanufacture, testing, and storage of torpedoes, as well as conductingresearch in underwater ordnance.
In 1948, Captain Barchet assumed command of the anti-aircraft cruiserU.S.S. Tucson. Manned by a skeleton crew, and taking on traineesdirectly from recruit training centers, Barchet pulled everythingtogether and within eight week, with only a 70% manning level, Tucsconwas able to complete all assigned tasks in fleet maneuvers.
In 1949, Barchet was assigned as Secretary, U.S. Naval War College,Newport, Rhode Island. Leaving that post in 1951, he was then assignedas Commander, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia.
In 1952, Captain Barchet took up his final position as Chief of Staffto the Commandant, 9th Naval District, at Great Lakes, Illinois. (Thephotograph on this page dates from this period.) He retired in 1954,taking a tombstone promotion to rear admiral.
Rear Admiral Barchet passed away in 1964.
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