Henry Braid Wilson

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Henry Braid Wilson
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Born (1861-02-23)23 February 1861
Camden, New Jersey
Died 30 January 1954(1954-01-30) (aged 92)
New York City, New York
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch United States Department of the Navy Seal.svg United States Navy
Years of service 1881-1925
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg Admiral
Commands held USS North Dakota (BB-29)
Board of Inspection and Survey
USS Pennsylvania (BB-38)
Patrol Forces, Atlantic Fleet
U.S. Naval Forces, France
U.S. Atlantic Fleet
U.S. Battle Fleet
United States Naval Academy
Battles/wars Spanish American War
World War I
Awards Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Distinguished Service Medal (Army)
World War I Victory Medal
Relations MG Patrick J. Hurley, son-in-law

Henry Braid Wilson, Jr. (23 February 1861 – 30 January 1954) was an Admiral in the United States Navy during World War I.

Biography[edit]

Henry Wilson was a native of Camden, New Jersey. He joined the United States Navy in the latter part of the nineteenth century and continued to serve for over forty years. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1881, His assignments included duties as Commanding Officer of the USS North Dakota, Inspector, Senior Inspector and President of the Board of Inspection and Survey from November 1913 until May 1916, and Commanding Officer of the USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) in 1916.

During World War I, he served as Commander, Patrol Forces, Atlantic Fleet and then Commander, U.S. Naval Forces, France. After the World War he served as Commander-In-Chief of the Atlantic Fleet 1919-1921, Commander-In-Chief of the U.S. Battle Fleet and later Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy 1921-1925, two notable students of his at the academy were cadets and future Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, class of 1922, and Admiral Arleigh A. Burke, class of 1923. Admiral Wilson retired in 1925, following forty-four years of service.

Admiral Wilson died in 1954 in New York City, at the time of his death he was the oldest living admiral of the United States Navy.

Admiral Wilson's son-in-law was Hoover Administration United States Secretary of War and Major general Patrick J. Hurley.

Medals and commendations[edit]

Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Distinguished Service Medal ribbon.svg Army Distinguished Service Medal
Sampson Medal ribbon.JPG Sampson Medal
Spanish Campaign Medal ribbon.svg Spanish Campaign Medal
China Campaign Medal ribbon.svg China Relief Expedition Medal
Philippine Campaign Medal ribbon.svg Philippine Campaign Medal
World War I Victory Medal ribbon.svg World War I Victory Medal with "Overseas" clasp

Namesake and honors[edit]

References[edit]

Academic offices
Preceded by
Archibald H. Scales
Superintendent of United States Naval Academy
1921-1925
Succeeded by
Louis M. Nulton
Military offices
Preceded by
Henry T. Mayo
Commander in Chief, United States Atlantic Fleet
July, 1919–June, 1921
Succeeded by
Hilary P. Jones