|Vice Admiral Harry Schrader, Jr.
Commander Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (July 1982 - July 1985)
Upon graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1955 Harry Schrader, Jr. was assigned to the USS Blue (DD 744).
Then he was assigned to USS Observation Island (AG 154), and while serving as launcher operations officer, participated in the first at-sea launching of a Polaris Missile.
In 1960, Schrader went to the Naval Post- Graduate School in Monterey, California, where he earned a Masters' Degree in Physics. Next up was a tour of instruction at the Navy Diving School and then he was assigned as the commanding officer of the USS Tawasa (ATF 92).
Next up for Schrader was duty on the USS Scamp (SSN 588) where he earned his dolphins. Schrader then did a tour as Executive Officer of the USS Thomas A. Edison (SSBN 610). In 1970 Schrader took command of the Blue Crew of the USS Alexander Hamilton (SSBN 617) which conducted six Polaris deterrent patrols. The Providence Plantation Council Award, signifying the most outstanding Polaris and Poseidon submarine in the Atlantic Fleet, was awarded to the HAMILTON for Fiscal Year 1972. Schrader then became the commanding officer of the USS Andrew Jackson (SSBN 619) for a brief period before serving on the staffs of Commander Submarine Flotilla SIX and Commander Submarine Refit and Training Group in La Maddalena, Sardinia. In 1973 Schrader became the Commanding Officer of the USS Howard W. Gilmore (AS 16).
In 1975 Rear Admiral Schrader returned to the surface forces and served a three-year tour as commanding officer of USS Long Beach (CGN 9). He was selected for Flag rank while serving as Commanding Officer of that ship. His first flag assignment was director of MLSF, Amphibious, Mine and Advanced Naval Vehicles Ship Division, in the office of the Chief of Naval Operations. He held the post from August, 1978, until October, 1980. From October, 1980, to July 1982, Rear Admiral Schrader served as Commander Cruiser-Destroyer Group ONE, home ported in San Diego. During this tour of duty, he also served as Commander, Surface Combatant Force, U.S. SEVENTH Fleet, during deployment to the Western Pacific. He assumed duties as Commander, Naval Surface Force, U. S. Pacific Fleet on July 30, 1982, and was promoted to Vice Admiral in December, 1982.