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Board Member Biographies

Admiral Thomas H. Moorer, USN (Ret.): Senior Trustee Emeritus (in Memoriam)
Admiral Thomas H. Moorer, USN (Ret.) (in Memoriam) Admiral Moorer entered the U.S. Naval Academy on June 10, 1929. Seven years later graduated from the Pensacola Naval Air Station as a Naval Aviator. He was stationed in Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked on December 7, 1941, after which his Patrol PBY Squadron-22 was transferred to the Southwest Pacific as part of the campaign for the Dutch East Indies. Later in WWII, the admiral was ordered to serve in the Atlantic side of the conflict. After the war he was assigned to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Strategic Bombing Survey, where he engaged in the interrogation of Japanese officials. He became Chief of Naval Operations in 1967, and from 1970-1974, he was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Subsequent to his retirement from the Navy in 1974, Admiral Moorer was active in issues of vital concern to the United States.

James M. D'Angelo, M.D.: President and Chairman of the Board of Trustees
James M. D'Angelo, M.D. Dr. D'Angelo graduated from Georgetown University Medical School in 1963. From 1965-1967 he served in the U.S. Air Force, stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona. In his early years he became interested in the Battle of Midway after reading Mitsuo Fuchida's book Midway: The Battle that Doomed Japan. In September 1992, he founded the International Midway Memorial Foundation in the state of Maryland. His time is presently divided between the goals of the Foundation and his practice of Hematology and Oncology.

M. Christine Sims: Vice President and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees
M. Christine Sims M. Christine Sims received her B.S.N. from Duke University in 1979 and presently works as an Oncology Nurse and Office Manager in Chevy Chase, Maryland. She was one of the three members of the Board of Trustees when the Foundation was founded in September 1992. Her tireless efforts and commitment to the goals of the Foundation are a major reason for its success.

Captain James A. Noone, USNR (Ret.), Vice President and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees And Special Counsel to the Foundation
Captain James A. Noone, USNR (Ret.), Esquire Captain Noone began his career as a newspaper reporter for The Scranton Tribune in his hometown of Scranton, PA. He later was a staff correspondant for the National Journal in Washington, D.C. He received his law degree from American University. In May 2001, he retired from the U.S. Naval reserves with the rank of captain. He presently is principal in the Washington, D.C. law/government relations firm of Karalekas & Noone. He has been invaluable in contributing "pro bono" legal advice regarding matters of importance to the Foundation. He has a deep commitment to ensuring the success of the goals of the IMMF.

Dr. William Sheldon Dudley: Chief Historian for the IMMF
Dr. William Sheldon Dudley Dr. Dudley is the immediate past Director of naval history for the U.S. Navy Department, having served in this position for nine years, 1995-2004. He was concurrently Director of the Naval Historical Center, Curator for the Navy, and Coordinator of Navy Museums. From 1960 to 1963, he served on active duty as a reserve officer in the U.S. Navy. He has three earned degrees from Williams College and Columbia University, attaining the Ph.D. in 1972. Dr. Dudley is a past-president of the North American Society for Oceanic History and the Society for History in the Federal Government. Presently, he serves as the Chair of the Maritime Committee of the Maryland Historical Society, is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Annapolis Maritime Museum, and a member of the Maryland Advisory Committee on Archaeology. Recently retired from the Naval Historical Center, he is building a new career as a Maritime Heritage Consultant.

Colonel William R. Lucius, USMC (Ret.): Member of the Active Board of Trustees (in Memoriam)
Colonel William R. Lucius William R. Lucius was a retired U.S. Marine Colonel whose service began as a Private and spanned more than twenty-four years. He was awarded numerous medals and citations including the Bronze Star with combat "V", Air Medal, the Army and Navy Presidential Citation and the Secretary of the Navy Commendation Medal. Upon retirement, he acted as a consultant on dehydrated and convenience foods for such firms as General Foods, Coca-Cola and American Food Company. He was elected Mayor of Healdsburg, California in 1972, 1974 and 1978. Later in life he kept active by engaging in projects that make America a better place in which to live.

Rear Admiral Edward "Whitey" L. Feightner, USN (Ret.): Member of the Honorary Board of Trustees
Rear Admiral Edward 'Whitey' L. Feightner, USN (Ret.) Admiral Feightner entered the U.S. Navy Aviation Cadet V-5 program in 1941 and received his wings in April 1942. At sea he served in seven fighter squadrons including C.O. VF-11; CAG-10 on USS FORRESTAL and ESSEX; C.O. USS CHIKASKIA and OKINAWA. He earned the designation of World War II ace by downing 9 Japanese planes. After the war he became a Navy test pilot and flew solo in the Blue Angels. He served as a design officer in BuWeps and retired from the Navy as Deputy NAVAIR in 1974. Since his retirement he has served as President of the Golden Eagles and FMS, Inc., an aerospace consulting firm.

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