Daniel J. Murphy

For other people with the same name, see Daniel Murphy.
Daniel Murphy

Admiral Daniel Murphy in retirement, 1986
Born March 24, 1922
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Died September 21, 2001(2001-09-21) (aged 79)
Rockville, Maryland, U.S.
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1943-1977
Rank Admiral
Commands held Sixth Fleet
USS Bennington
Battles/wars World War II

Daniel Joseph Murphy, Sr. (March 24, 1922 September 21, 2001) was a four-star admiral in the United States Navy and an official in the Carter and Reagan administrations.[1]

Murphy grew up in Brooklyn, and graduated from the University of Maryland and the Naval War College.[1] He joined the Navy in 1943, during his second year at St. John's University in New York, and flew anti-submarine patrols over the North Atlantic during World War II.[2]

During the 1960s he was commanding officer of the aircraft carrier Bennington. He commanded the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean during the Arab-Israeli War of 1973 and the Cyprus crisis of 1974. He retired from active service in 1977. Murphy's son, Vice Admiral Daniel J. Murphy, Jr., later also commanded the Sixth Fleet, from 1998 to 2000.

Murphy was principal military assistant to successive Secretaries of Defense Melvin R. Laird and Elliot Richardson, deputy director of the CIA in 1976 and 1977, and Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy at the Pentagon from 1977 to 1980 under Jimmy Carter. [3] He was Vice President George H. W. Bush's chief of staff from 1981 to 1985.[4] At the end of Ronald Reagan's first term, Murphy left government to join the Washington D.C. lobbying and public relations firm Gray and Company (later Hill & Knowlton Worldwide) as a vice chairman. He later founded Murphy & Associates in Georgetown providing public affairs and consulting support to U.S. and international firms. He facilitated former President George H.W. Bush's celebratory visit to Kuwait in 1993.

He died at the age of 79 in 2001 of a stomach aneurysm.[1][3]


  1. 1 2 3 Eric Pace (September 27, 2001). "Adm. Daniel J. Murphy, 79; Served in Wars and Government". The New York Times.
  2. "Daniel J. Murphy, Admiral, United States Navy". Arlington National Cemetery.
  3. 1 2 Los Angeles Times (September 28, 2001). "Adm. Daniel J. Murphy, 79, Naval officer was adviser to presidents". Chicago Tribune.
  4. Cramer, Richard Ben. What It Takes: The Way to the White House. Vintage Books. pp. 14–15. ISBN 978-0-679-74649-2.

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