[Albert M. Sackett] ... joined the Navy in 1937 and completed recruit training at Naval Training Center, Great Lakes. His initial assignments included the USS Northampton, Surface Diesel School at the Submarine Base, New London, Connecticut, and the USS Jamestown. He attained the rate of chief petty officer prior to receiving his commission.
After being commissioned an ensign in 1944, he served as engineering officer and executive officer of the USS LCI (R) 7a4 and then as commanding officer of USS LCI (R) 34, and commanding officer of USS LST-990 and USS LSM-109.
His subsequent assignments included USS Joseph P. Kennedy (DD-850) as engineering officer; squadron engineering officer with Destroyer Squadron 16; Staff of Commander Destroyer Flotilla Four as Material and Operations Officer; Operations, Plans and Security Officer, Naval Training Center, Great Lakes; and commanding officer of USS Preston (DD-795).
After a course in Naval Warfare at the Naval War College, he became the first commanding officer of the guided missile destroyer USS John King (DDG-3).
Rear Admiral Sackett then served as head, Missile Systems Training Branch, Bureau of Naval Personnel and special assistant to the Under Secretary of the Navy before assuming command of the guided missile cruiser USS Gridley (CG-21).
He became commanding officer of the Naval Destroyer School, Newport, RI, in June 1969. In August 1970 he returned to the Bureau of Naval Personnel for duty as director of the Officer Distribution Division, where he was responsible for the duty assignments of the 72,000 officers in the Navy.
Upon being selected to Flag Rank in 1972, he was assigned duty as chief of Naval Technical Training with headquarters at Naval Air Station, Memphis, Tennessee. His duties encompassed the responsibility for almost all enlisted training in the Navy—recruit, submarine, surface, and aviation, conducted at 53 subordinate commands throughout the country. The average on-board staff and student population exceeded 60,000.
He next assumed duties as Commandant, Ninth Naval District and Commander Naval Base, Great Lakes.
Admiral Sackett retired from the United States Navy on July 1, 1977, and resides in Memphis, Tennessee, where he serves as director, Community Relations, Memphis Publishing Company.
Included among the many awards Rear Admiral Sackett has received are the American Defense Service Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with Seven Stars; Navy Occupation Service Medal; China Service Medal; National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with One Star; the Navy Commendation Medal with Gold Star; the Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star; the Legion of Merit with Gold Star; and the Distinguished Service Medal.
Rear Admiral Sackett holds a BA degree in social science from George Washington University. He is married to the former Patricia Soer, also of Victor, and they have two daughters and four sons.
—Joe B. Havens. Chief: the evolution, development and role of the chief petty officer in the United States Naval Service. Turner Publishing Company (1996). (Researched by Ted Smith).