Edward Clifford Kalbfus

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Admiral Edward Clifford Kalbfus (November 24, 1877 – September 6, 1954) served in the United States Navy.

Life & Career

Kalbfus was promoted to the rank of Ensign on 28 January, 1901.[1]

Kalbfus was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 19 January, 1905 with seniority to 18 December, 1904.[2]

Kalbfus was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander on 4 March, 1911.[3]

Kalbfus was promoted to the rank of Commander on 29 August, 1916.[4]

Kalbfus was promoted to the rank of Captain on 3 June, 1921.[5]

Kalbfus was appointed to the staff of the Naval War College on 27 May, 1927.[6] He earned a reputation as a "celebrated teacher of strategy" although his great bulk meant that, in the words of Edward S. Miller, "chairs where known to collapse under him".[7]

See Also


  • Miller, Edward S. (1991). War Plan Orange: The U.S. Strategy to Defeat Japan, 1897-1945. 2007 Paperback ed. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press. (on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk).

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of U.S.S. Trenton
19 Apr, 1924[8]
Succeeded by
Stafford H. R. Doyle
Preceded by
Claude C. Bloch
Captain of U.S.S. California
8 Jun, 1929 – 22 May, 1930
Succeeded by
Henry E. Lackey


  1. Register of Officers, 1902. pp. 38-39.
  2. "The Navy Gazette". Army and Navy Register. 21 January, 1905. Vol. XXXVII, No. 1,310, p. 23.
  3. Register of Officers, 1912. pp. 26-27.
  4. Register of Officers, 1917. pp. 18-19.
  5. Register of Officers, 1922. p. 14.
  6. Register of Officers, 1928. p. 12.
  7. Miller. War Plan Orange. p. 137.
  8. Register of Officers, 1925. pp. 14-15.