Charles Vernon Gridley
|Charles Vernon Gridley|
November 24, 1844|
|Died||June 5, 1898
|Buried at||Lakeside Cemetery, Erie, Pennsylvania|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1860—1898|
|Commands held||USS Olympia|
After attending Hillsdale College, Gridley was appointed to the United States Naval Academy in 1860. Reporting for duty with his class in September 1863, Gridley joined the sloop-of-war Oneida with the West Gulf Blockading Squadron and distinguished himself with David Farragut at the Battle of Mobile Bay on 5 August 1864.
Gridley was promoted to lieutenant in 1867 and lieutenant commander on March 12, 1868. From 1871 to 1875, Gridley was stationed on the only United States Navy ship based on the Great Lakes at the time, the Michigan, at Erie, Pennsylvania. While stationed in Erie, he married the daughter of Judge John P. Vincent and had three children. Gridley's wife was also a cousin of Civil War hero Brigadier General Strong Vincent. Gridley was promoted to commander in 1882. Gridley also served a tour as instructor at the Naval Academy and another with the Cruiser Training Squadron.
Gridley was promoted to captain in March 1897 and took command of Olympia, Admiral George Dewey's famous flagship on June 10, 1897 in Yokohama, Japan. During the Battle of Manila Bay on 1 May 1898, Dewey gave his famous command, "You may fire when you are ready, Gridley," immortalizing the captain.
Gridley was a member of the Empire State Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.
A monument to Gridley was erected in Erie and placed in the center of a city park, which was named Gridley Park. The engraved plaque affixed to the monument is made of a metal panel retrieved from the Maine.
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