Albert Parker Niblack
|Albert Parker Niblack|
July 25, 1859|
|Died||August 20, 1929
Monte Carlo, Monaco
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1880–1923|
|Battles/wars||World War I|
Albert Parker Niblack (July 25, 1859 – August 20, 1929) was a United States admiral who served during the First World War. In 1940, the USS Niblack (DD-424), sponsored by his widow, was named in his honor.
During the decades that followed, Niblack served on many ships and held several interesting posts ashore including work with the Smithsonian Institution, duty in the Bureau of Navigation, and a tour in the Office of Naval Intelligence. He won his first command, Iroquois, February 10, 1904, and subsequently commanded some of the Navy’s most famous ships including USS Hartford and USS Olympia. He was naval attaché to Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Germany, and the Netherlands, and served as a member of the General Board.
When the United States entered World War I, he took command of Division 1, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, with Alabama (BB-8) as flagship April 5, 1917, and was appointed Rear Admiral August 31. Niblack assumed command of Squadron 2, Patrol Force, October 23, and served in this post through the Armistice. He became Director of Naval Intelligence March 1, 1919, and Naval Attaché in London August 6, 1920. As Vice Admiral, he commanded U.S. Naval Forces in European waters January 15, 1921 to June 17, 1922. After commanding the 6th Naval District at Charleston, S.C., Vice Admiral Niblack retired July 25, 1923. He died at Monte Carlo, Monaco August 20, 1929.