Pedro Max Fernando Frontin

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Pedro Max Fernando Frontin
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Admiral Pedro Max Fernando Frontin during World War I.
Born (1867-02-08)February 8, 1867
Died April 7, 1939(1939-04-07) (aged 72)
Rio de Janeiro
Allegiance  Brazil
Service/branch COA Brazilian Navy.svg Brazilian Navy
Rank Admiral
Commands held Brazilian Naval Division
Battles/wars World War I

Pedro Max Fernando Frontin (Petrópolis, 8 February 1867 — Rio de Janeiro, 7 April 1939) was an Admiral from the Brazilian Navy. He fought alongside the Triple Entente during World War I.

Still occupied the post of Naval Chief Officer, Minister of Military Justice, Director of the Brazilian Naval School for Officials, Commander of the Brazilian Marine Corps, Commander of the Second Naval Division.

Navy Career and First World War[edit]

Admitted in the Naval School on 3 March 1882 at the age of fifteen, he obtained all his promotions by merit, since he reached the grade of Lieutenant, Junior Grade or “Primeiro-Tenente”, on 8 January 1890.

During his career, he commanded the ships of São Paulo, Rio Grande do Sul, Bahia, Piauí and Laurindo Pitta.

Admiral Frontin was also the Chief Commander of the Brazilian Naval Division during 1918 in World War I, on the side of the Triple Entente.

The Brazilian fleet under his charge operated from the North African Coast to the Mediterranean Sea. It stood in the operations together with British, French, Japanese and U.S. Navies.

During his life, he was condecorated with the U.S. Distinction Golden Medal for his services during World War I, Cross of the Leopold II of Belgium; Italy's Golden medal; First Class of Japanese Empire.

One of his famous quotes was: “When it is not possible to do what you have to do, you must do all your can!".

He died on 6 April 1939, in Rio de Janeiro.

See also[edit]


  • Maia, Prado (1961). D.N.O.G. (Divisão Naval em Operações de Guerra), 1914-1918: uma página esquecida da história da Marinha Brasileira. Serviço de Documentação Geral da Marinha.
  • Vultos da História Naval, Rio de Janeiro, SDGM.