Who is J. C. Wylie?

Captain J. C. Wylie

[recompiled by Lynn C. Rees]

Following up on Scott’s Mark’s post from yesterday: more information about J.C. Wylie, who you’ve probably never heard of but should have.

The following follows J.C. Wylie Wikipedia article but leaves out debris it’s accreted since I wrote it:

Name: Joseph Caldwell Wylie, Jr.

Birth date: March 20, 1911

Death date:  January 29, 1993

Birth Place: Newark, Essex, New Jersey, United States

Death Place: Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island, United States

Place of Burial: Trinity Cemetery, Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island, United States

RAdm. Joseph C. Wylie, Jr.

Wylie's headstone

Nickname: “J. C.”, “Bill”

Allegiance: United States of America

Branch: United States Navy

Service Years: 1928–1972 (44 Years)

Rank: Rear Admiral

Commands: USS Trever (DD-339), USS Ault (DD-698), USS Arneb (AKA-56), USS Macon (CA-132), Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Flotilla Nine, Commandant, First Naval District

Battles: Pacific Theater, World War II

Awards: Silver Star, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Two Legions of Merit

Spouse: Harriette Bahney (married November 27, 1937)

Rear Admiral Joseph Caldwell Wylie, Jr., United States Navy, (March 3, 1911 – January 1, 1993) (called “J. C.” Wylie or “Bill” Wylie), was an American strategic theorist, author, and US naval officer. Wylie is best known for writing Military Strategy: A General Theory of Power Control.


J.C. Wylie was born in Newark, New Jersey on March 3, 1911. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1932. Wylie first saw service on USS Augusta (CA-31) under Captains James O. Richardson, Royal E. Ingersoll, and Chester W. Nimitz. During the later 1930s, he served on USS Reid (DD-369), USS Altair (AD-11), and USS Bristol (DD-453).

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