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First Name: Walter

Last Name: Doran

Birthplace: Albany, NY, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)


Middle Name: F.

Date of Birth: 15 October 1945

Rank or Rate: Admiral

Years Served: 1967 - 2005
Walter F. Doran


Walter F. Doran

Admiral, U.S. Navy

Walter F. Doran was born on 15 October 1945 in Albany, NY. Doran attended Villanova University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History. He was commissioned as an Ensign in 1967 through the Navy's Reserve Officer Training Corps (U.S. Navy) Program.

In 1979, Doran attended the Indian Defense Services Staff College in Wellington, India, where he earned a Master's Degree in Defense Studies. He describes this experience in India as "serendipitously important" as he attended the Staff College with men who would later come to serve in high-ranking positions within their respective governments, among them former Indian CNO Arun Prakash and his successor. Doran also holds a Master's degree in Communications from the University of Oklahoma, which he received in 1983.

Doran commanded the USS De Wert (FFG-45) and the USS Belknap (CG-26), flagship for the U.S. Sixth Fleet home ported in Gaeta, Italy. From June 1995 to December 1996, Doran served as Commander of Amphibious Group One and the Amphibious Force U.S. Seventh Fleet, both home ported out of Okinawa, Japan. He also served as Deputy Commander-in-Chief and Chief of Staff, U.S. Southern Command from December 1996 through July 1998. From August 1998 to September 2000, Admiral Doran commanded U.S. Seventh Fleet home ported out of Yokosuka, Japan.

Significant shore assignments include tours on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in Washington, DC, including Assistant Branch Head, Pacific Ocean Area/Pacific Plans and Policy Branch (OP-612C) and Branch Head, Europe/NATO Branch (OP-614). From June 1983 to July 1985, Doran was Military Assistant to the Vice President of the U.S., George H.W. Bush.

Selected to Flag rank in January 1993, Doran served as Director, Operations, Plans and Political-Military (N-31/52) on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations and as the Assistant to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff from September 2000 to May 2002.

On 4 May 2002, Doran was promoted to the four-star rank of Admiral and assigned as Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT) From 2002-2005, he served as Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT).

Admiral Doran retired from the Navy in 2005.

Medals and Awards

Defense Distinguished Service Medal (2 Awards)
Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit (5 Awards)
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with Combat "Valor" Device)
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2 Awards)

In Retirement

In 2005, Doran was appointed to Navy Service Executive for Raytheon Company. Since that time, he has become president of Raytheon Asia. Doran has concentrated a significant portion of his Raytheon work in fostering and developing the company's sales to India.

Honoree ID: 499   Created by: MHOH




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