Vice-Admiral J.W. Termijtelen
Vice-Admiral Jan Willem TermijtelenBorn Soerabaja (Java) January 10, 1893 - Died The Hague, September 12, 1977
Vice-Admiral Termijtelen was an officer well-liked and respected by his fellow officers. He joined the navy in 1910, and graduated a year before the start of World War I. During this conflict, he was involved in clearing Holland's coast of mines. In November 1918, he was seriously injured in an accident on board the auxiliary minelayer Hellevoetsluis.
Termijtelen recovered, and joined the submarine service, eventually commanding the submarines K-I and K-IV. During his career, he was typically given many positions which involved discretion, such as his appointments as aide-de-camp of Prince Hendrik, and later Queen Wilhelmina. Between 1936 and 1938, Termijtelen was Vice-Admiral Furstner's deputy chief of staff in Holland, and it is no surprise that when Furstner had to rebuild his staff in Britain after Holland's defeat in May 1940, he requested his trusted aid. There, Termijtelen most certainly was the right man in the right place, since he was (much more than Furstner) a people person.
Termijtelen remained chief of staff, this time under Admiral Helfrich, until 1947. During the two post-war years, he was faced with the enormous task of rebuilding the Royal Netherlands Navy to its former strength.
Klaassen/Van 't Haaff "Gedenkboek Adelborsten-opleiding te Willemsoord 1854-1954"
"Biografisch Woordenboek van Nederland", volume 1 (entry by J.A. van der Kooij)
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