Retired Navy Adm. Albert G. Noble, 84, a highly decorated veteran of World War II and former assistant chief of Naval Operations, died of arteriosclerosis Friday at his home in Washington.
Ordered to the Southwest Pacific in March 1943, Adm. Noble, then a captain, was named commanding officer of the light cruiser Phoenix and as an aide to the commander of the Seventh Amphibious Force.
As part of the Seventh Fleet, also known as "MacArthur's Navy," the Phoenix took part in the advance from southern New Guinea toward the Japanese homeland.
During this time Adm. Noble received the Navy Cross. The citation said it was awarded "for extraordinary heroism as commander of a Naval Attack Group in support of an amphibious landing operation on Wake Island in the New Guinea area, May 18, 1944 . . . (and for) his daring tactics to the ultimate defeat of the Japanese in the New Guinea area."
In March 1945, Adm. Noble was named commander of an amphibious group and received a Distinguished Service Medal for his action during the invation of Borneo. He also received an Army Distinguished Service Medal for his role as an attack force commander in the operations against Mindanao in the Philippines.
He returned to Washington in 1946, served for a year as assistant chief of naval operations for materiel, then as chief of the Bureau of Ordnance for four years.In 1950 he was named Chief of Navel Materiel, a post he held until retiring in October 1951.
In addition to the Navy Cross and the Distinguished Service Medals, he held four Legions of Merit.
Adm. Noble was the Vitro Corporation's executive vice president from 1955 to 1960 and remained on the company's board of directors until retiring a second time in 1971.
Adm. Noble was born in Preston, Tex. and was a 1917 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis He earned a master's degree in mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
During World War I, he served aboard the battleship Delaware, which operated with the British Grand Fleet.
Between the wars, he particiapated in the second Haitian campaign, was assigned to the Naval Proving Ground at Dahlgren, Va., and directed the explosive section in the Bureau of Ordnance.
Adm. Noble's survivors include his wife, Madeline Noble of Washington; a daughter, Nancy N. Reed of Akron, Ohio, and three grandchildren.