Bristol, Mark Lambert (1869-1939) USNA Class of 1858: He Jumped from LTCDR to CAPT in 1913, made RADM in 1921, promoted to ADM in 1927 as Commander in Chief of the Asiatic Fleet. He retired in 1929 and reverted to RADM. Served in Spanish-American war; he was an ordnance specialist and an excellent diplomat.
Dewey, George (1837-1917) USNA Class of 1858: Admiral of the Navy was a new rank created by Congress for him, recognizing his victory over Spain. He Served under Farragut in the Battle of New Orleans in 1862. Destroyed Spanish squadron in Manila Bay in 1898.
Farragut, David Glasgow (1801-1870): After his mother died and his father enlisted in the Army, he was taken in by the family of CMDR David Porter. At age 9, he was appointed Midshipman and later served in the War of 1812. Porter captured British prizes in the Pacific; Farragut was on his ship and Porter assigned him as prize master at age 12 to take a captured ship to Valparaiso, Chile. After the war, he served on various ships and was promoted to lieutenant in 1820. He was a southerner by birth, residence .and marriage. But when Virginia seceded from the U.S., he went to New York as chief of the Northern fleet. During the Battle of Mobile Bay he gave the famous order to defy the mined waters: "Damn the torpedoes. Steam full ahead!" Later in the Civil War he captured New Orleans, and was the first admiral ever commissioned in the U.S. Navy. He later became the first full Admiral in July 1866.
Fiske, Bradley Allen (1854-1942) USNA Class of 1874: Was LT in Spanish American War. Promoted to RADM in 1911. Retired. in 1911. He was an inventor, whose instruments greatly improved the efficiency of the US Navy during battle.
Ford, John Donaldson (1840-1942): Educated in Baltimore public schools, Maryland School of Design and Potts School of Technical Engineering Class of 1861. Joined the Navy (Northern) and was engineering officer in the Civil War. He was fleet Engineer at the Battle of Manila Bay (1898). Promoted to CAPT in 1902, RADM in 1902, and Retired in 1902.
Gibson, William Campbell (1838-1911): Entered Volunteer Navy in 1861, then regular Navy in 1868. He served in both Civil and Spanish-American Wars, without seeing action. Promoted to CAPT as commander of battleship USS Texas. Made RADM and retired the same year, 1900.
Goodrich, Caspar Frederick (1847-1924) USNA Class of 1864, where he graduated first in his class: He fought at Santiago Bay in Spanish-American War. Promoted to RADM 1904, retired in 1909. He wrote 39 documentary and technical articles and helped to establish the Naval War College and the US Naval Institute.
Halsey, William Frederick, Jr. (1882-1959) USNA Class of 1904. He ran Anti-submarine patrols in 1918, during WWI. With rank of CAPT, took flight training in Pensacola in 1934. He received his pilot's wings there at age 52. Made VADM in 1940. He was 150 miles at sea on the carrier Essex when Pearl Harbor was attacked. On the carrier Hornet, he delivered Jimmy Doolittle's bombers to their launch point for their raid on Tokyo. During WWI, he was promoted to ADM and to Commander of the 3rd Fleet and the entire South Pacific Forces. He is commonly referred to as the "Hero of the South Pacific." It was on his flagship, USS Missouri, that the Japanese surrender of WWII took place. He was promoted to Fleet Admiral in 1945, and retired in 1947.
Heineman, Paul Frederick (1897-1979) USNA Class of 1919: As CAPT on North Atlantic convoy duty in 1943, he became known as the "U-boat Killer." He participated in assaults on Leyte, Luzon, Iwo Jima, Okinawa and Wake Island from 1944 to 1945. He retired as RADM in 1945.
Howison, Henry Lycurgis (1837-1914) USNA Class of 1858: During the Civil War he was Captain (though with rank of lieutenant) of the USS Pocahontas in three battles, including Mobile Bay. Became Commander of the Pacific Squadron in 1886; promoted to RADM in 1898 and Commander of the South Atlantic Station. In 1899, he reached the legally mandated retirement age of 62 and left the Navy.
King, Ernest Joseph (1878-1956) USNA Class of 1901: Served during WWI with No combat experience. He was a submarine officer beginning in 1922. He received his pilot's wings in 1926 at age 48. Made RADM in 1933, and Commander-in-Chief of the Atlantic Fleet in 1940. Promoted to ADM & Commander of Naval Operations in 1942. He retired in 1945 as Fleet Admiral.
Ludlow, Nicoll (1842-1915) USNA Class of 1863: On duty but no action in Civil War. Served with the North Atlantic Squadron in Spanish-American War, but no combat. Eventually rose to CAPT and promoted to RADM upon retirement in 1911.
McDonough, Thomas (1785-1825): Fought the French in the West Indies from 1801 to 1803. While serving on the on the USF Constellation, fought the Barbary Pirates. In August 1814, (War of 1812), he defended Lake Champlain in Plattsburg, NY where he is credited with changing the course of the war. He then rose to Commander of Mediterranean Squadron.
Nimitz, Chester William (1885-1966) USNA Class of 1905: Before reaching flag rank he saw much sea duty as a submariner. He became RADM in 1938. As ADM, he was Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific Fleet beginning in 1942. He ran the battles of Midway, Phillipone Sea, Solomons and Leyte Gulf. He became Chief of Naval Operations 1945-1947. He signed and accepted the Japanese surrender aboard the USS Missouri.
Porter, David Dixon (1813-1891): Entered the Navy in 1825 as a Midshipman. He was son of Commodore Porter, and foster-brother of Admiral Farragut. Commanded USS Spitfire in the Mexican War in 1848. Commanded the mortar flotilla under Farragut at the Battle of New Orleans. Made RADM, and became Superintendent of the Naval Academy, 1865-69. Made VADM in 1865, and ADM upon Farragut's death. He was the second Admiral in the history of the U.S. Navy.
Rickover, Hyman George (1900-1986) USNA Class of 1922: Czar of the Navy's nuclear program for 30 years. Politically pushed by Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, he was the major force in the creation of the Navy's nuclear fleet. He directed the construction of the first Nuclear Submarine, Nautilus. Made RADM in 1943, VADM in 1953, and ADM in 1973.
Sampson, William Thomas (1840-1902) USNA Class of 1861, where he finished first in his Class: He fought briefly in the Civil War. He was Fleet Commander in the Caribbean during Spanish-American War. Made RADM in 1899, Retired in 1902.
Schley, Winfield Scott (1839-1911) [Pronounced "Schli" (as in "high")]: He was in Northern Navy during Civil War. In 1884 rescued Arctic explorer Greely. He was Commandant of the Flying Squadron during Spanish-American War, and defeated the Spanish Navy at Santiago Bay. (RADM Sampson was senior officer, but was absent when the battle was fought. There was a confrontation between Schley and Sampson over who should receive credit for this win). Schley made RADM in 1899 and resigned from the Navy in 1901.
Simms, William Snowden (1858-1936) USNA Class of 1880: Never fought, but saw shore duty during Spanish-American War and WWI. Total sea time was four years. Served as Naval Attache 1897-1904, in Paris and St. Petersburg. Was Naval Aide to Theodore Roosevelt (1907-09). Commanded the Atlantic Torpedo Flotilla from 1913 to 1915. He is credited with creating the convoy system. Made RADM in 1917 and when he was President of Naval War College. Commanded U.S. operations in European waters from 1917 to 1918. Then, again, served as President of War College from 1919 to 1922. He retired in 1922 as RADM and an Act of Congress made him full ADM 1930.
Sumner, George Watson (1841-1924) USNA Class of 1861: He fought at Vicksburg, in 1862. He was CAPT of USS New York during Spanish-American War. Made RADM in 1899, and Retired in 1903.
Wainwright, Richard (1849-1926) USNA Class of 1868: Great-great- grandson of Benjamin Franklin. As LCMDR, he was executive officer of the USS Maine when it blew up in Havana Harbor. He made RADM in 1911. Was known as “Fighting Dick.” Related to Admiral Porter by Marriage.
Williams, Clarence Stewart (1863-1951) USNA Class of 1884: Fought in Spanish-American War. Made RADM in 1918, VADM in 1919. Was senior ranking officer in WWI. On the retired list, he was made full ADM in 1948.
Worden, John Lorimer (1818-1899): He became Midshipman in 1840, after seven months training at Philadelphia Naval School. As commanding officer of the ironclad Monitor, fought ironclad Virginia off Hampton Roads in March of 1862. He was wounded, and made CAPT in 1863. Superintendent of the Naval Academy from 1869 to 1874. Promoted to RADM 1872 and Retired in 1886.
A special “Thanks” to Nelson “Ruly” Knox, who is responsible for all of this great research