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Jewish Generals and Admirals in America's Military


Vice Admiral Douglas J. Katz:
Commander of the Naval
Forces U.S. Atlantic Fleet

by Seymour “Sy” Brody

Vice Admiral Douglas J. Katz was the Commander of the Naval Forces Atlantic Fleet when he retired in June 1997.

He is the son of Lois and the late Leroy Katz of Bluefield, Virginia. He was recruited to play football at the Naval Academy and he graduated and received his commission in June 1965. Katz received an M.S. degree in Management from the Naval Postgraduate School and is a graduate of the Naval War College Command and Staff Course.

Katz had many sea assignments during his Naval career: He was a gunnery assistant, first lieutenant and ASW officer aboard the USS Perry (DD 844); ASW officer, after attending Destroyer School, weapons officer aboard The USS Perry (DD 32; executive officer aboard the USS Mahan (DDG 42) and surface officer on the staff of Commander Cruiser-Destroyer Group Two.

He then became the Commander of Cruiser-Destroyer Group Two in November 1990. Here he commanded the America Battle Group during Operation Desert Storm. He was then redeployed aboard the USS America. Seven months later, as Commander of the Desert Storm Battle Group Commander, he was first Commander to return the Gulf after the War.

Vice Admiral Katz served as shipboard advisor with the Fleet Command Advisory Unit in Viet Nam. After a number of assignments, he was promoted to Vice Admiral in October 1992. In, he became the Commander of the Naval Surface Force U.S. Atlantic Fleet, September 1994. He retired from active duty on August 1, 1997.

Vice Admiral Douglas J. Katz and his wife, Sharon, have two children. Their son Robert is married and is a naval officer. Their daughter is married and lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Vice Admiral Douglas J. Katz is a 32-year Navy veteran, who received the Bronze Star Medal for his role in Viet Nam. He and his wife, Sharon, are living in Annapolis, Maryland.


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