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Admiral William Edward Ellis, a Burlington native, commands the Atlantic Sixth Fleet. Ellis joined the Navy in 1930 and served thirty-eight years, including his time at the U.S. Naval Academy, in varying Pacific assignments before receiving his commission for the Atlantic fleet. His service awards during World War II include the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air medal, and the Navy Cross.
North Carolina native and commander of the United States Naval Sixth Fleet, Vice-Admiral William Edward Ellis, is the recipient of numerous medals and commendations.