Kinkaid, Thomas C.
Successful at joint operations, in November 1943 the admiral transferred to the Southwest Pacific Area to serve under Gen. Douglas MacArthur. Here he commanded all Allied naval forces, including the U. S. Seventh Fleet. In October 1944, Kinkaid's Seventh Fleet landed MacArthur's forces at Leyte Gulf in the Philippines. Japanese attempts to drive the Americans from the island failed in the decisive Battle for Leyte Gulf, 23–24 October 1944. Following this great naval victory, in January 1945 Kinkaid's Seventh Fleet landed MacArthur's troops on Luzon at Lingayen Gulf. With Luzon secured, Kinkaid became a full admiral. Known as a “fighting admiral,” with a deserved reputation for outstanding interservice operations, Kinkaid is honored in American naval history.
[See also Navy, U.S.: 1899–1945; World War II, U.S. Naval Operations in: The Pacific.]
Gerald E. Wheeler , Thomas C. Kinkaid: MacArthur's Master of Naval Warfare, in William M. Leary, ed., We Shall Return! MacArthur's Commanders and the Defeat of Japan, 1988.
Gerald E. Wheeler , Kinkaid of the Seventh Fleet: A Biography of Admiral Thomas C. Kinkaid, U. S. Navy, 1995.
Gerald E. Wheeler