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Comdr. Moreell Will Be Chief
Of Navy Yards-Docks Bureau
Brig. Gen. Hugh
Matthews.
Comdr. Ben Moreell.
Col. Seth Williams.
—A. P. Photos.
Prom commander to rear admiral
Is the career of Comdr. Ben Moreell,
Civil Engineer Corps, U. S. Navj', who
will become chief of the Bureau of
Yards and Docks, Navy Department,
on December 1.
Secretary Swanson made the an
nouncement yesterday, in making pub
lic the fact that Rear Admiral Norman
M. Smith, the bureau's present chief,
has requested retirement on December
1, following 30 years in the service.
At the same time, Mr. Swanson an
nounced that Col. Seth Williams will
become quartermaster of the Marine
Corps on December 1. with the rank
of brigadier general. Brig. Gen. Hugh
Matthews, now serving in that ca
pacity. has requested retirement on
December 1. Col. Williams has been
assistant quartermaster.
Promotion of a junior officer to
the rank of rear admiral is a rarity,
although it has been done from time
to time, naval officials said yesterday.
Outstanding Administrator.
Comdr. Moreell has been an out
standing administrator, officials said,
and he has been particularly active
in securing a new ship model testing
basin for the Navy. This is now under
construction at Carderock, Md.. just
beyond the District line, near Cabin
John Bridge.
Born in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sep
i tember 14, 1892, Comdr. Moreell grad
uated from Washington University in
6t. Louis in 1913 with the degree of
bachelor of science in civil engineer
4ner
Appointed to the Navy in June,
1917, as the result of competitive ex
amination, Comdr. Moreel served at
United States Naval Base No. 13 at
Ponta Delgada. in the Azores, as public
works officer there, as well as aide on
the staff of the commander, Azores De
tachment. Next came duty at Quincy,
Mass., and. from 1920 to 1924, he
served as principal assistant and ex
ecutive officer to the engineer in chief,
Department of Public Works, Republic
of Haiti. Subsequently, he was acting
public works officer at the Norfolk
Navy Yard.
Wrote Comprehensive Treatise.
In July, 1926, Comdr. Moreel came
to Washington as assistant design
manager of the Bureau of Yards and
Docks. In that duty, he "wrote a
\ comprehensive treatise on reinforce
ment concrete design, which has been
favorably received throughout the en
gineering profession, both in this
country and abroad.”
Later, Comdr. Morell seh'ed at
Puget Sound. Wash., and with pro
ficiency handled a large public works
program there. The commander took
a special course at the Ecole des Ponts
et Chaussees in Paris, France, where
he made special studies covering Euro
pean engineering, design and con
struction. He returned to the United
States in June, 1933, and was detailed
as assistant design manager—a post
he held until May, 1935, when he
became project manager of the ship
building and repair facilities, storage
and submarine section of the bureau.
Col. Williams is a native of Fox
boro, Mass., where he was born Jan
uary 19, 1880. He attended Norwich
University, at Northfield, Vt„ and
graduated with the degree of bachelor
of science in civil engineering. He
s served from 1899 to 1903 in the Ver
mont National Guard and came into
the Marine Corps in 1903. He has
done duty in the Philippines, Panama
and Guam.
With 11th Marines.
During the World War, Col. Wil
liams served for a time at Marine
Corps Headquarters here and then
went to France as regimental quarter
master of the 11th Marines. He super
vised the wartime construction at
Quantico. The Secretary of the Navy
gave him a special letter of com
mendation for his World l^ar service.
The President of Haiti gave him
the Distinguished Service Medal for
his service as purchasing officer of
the Garde d'Haiti, while he w'as depot
quartermaster at Philadelphia.
For his services overseas during the
World War, Gen. Matthews was
awarded the Army Distinguished
Service Medal, the Navy Cross, the
French Legion of Honor (Chevalier)
and the French Croix de Guerre with
gilt star. Three times he was eited
in general orders of the 2d Division.
He was assistant chief of staff In the
2d Division, A. E. F.
Another important assignment was
made yesterday at the Navy Depart
ment, when Capt. Milo Draeihel was
ordered detached from duty as oper
ations officer on the staff of the com
mander in chief of the United States
Fleet, about December 15, to become
commandant of midshipmen at the
Naval Academy.
Admiral Smith has been chief of
the Bureau of Yards and Docks since
December, 1933. He Is a native of
Williston, S. C., where he was born
November 16, 1883, and graduated
from the Naval Academy in 1906.
He graduated in June, 1909. from Rens
selaer Polytechnic Institute with the
degree of civil engineer. He has
served on various public works as
signments over the Nation and* in
Hawaii. He expanded the Naval
Training Station at Great Lakes, HI.,
during the wartime rush. He served
in the latter part of the war as
public works officer at the Charleston
(S. C.) Navy Yard. He graduated from
the Naval War College, Newport, R. I.,
and served three and a half years In
the bureau as project manager of
the ordnance establishments section.
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