- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Rear Admiral
- Awarded on:
- September 5th, 1944
"For exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility as an Attack Group Commander at Los Negros (29 February 1944) and at Humboldt Bay (22 April 1944), and as Attack Force Commander at Biak (27 May 1944), Noemfoor Islands (2 July 1944) and Cape Sansapor (30 July 1944). His complete cooperation with Army and Air Force commanders has solved many of the difficulties inherent in closely-timed operations in which units of the land, air and naval forces are simultaneously participating over wide areas. His foresight and resourcefulness have contributed to the high degree of flexibility essential in such operations. Rear Admiral Fechteler's outstanding leadership and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."
Commander 7th Fleet: Serial 001545
"For exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility serving as attack Group Commander in the Southwest Pacific Area from 31 July 1944 to 15 March 1945. Admiral Fechteler participated with distinction in the occupation of Morotai and the landings at Leyte, Lingayan, and Palawan. By his thorough planning, careful preparation and splendid execution, and by his fine sense of coordination in integrating his force with those of the Army, he made a distinct contribution to the success of these operations. Admiral Fechteler's outstanding ability, judgment and leadership in command of a major force exemplify the finest traditions upon which our services have been founded."
War Department, General Orders No. 36