Pedro Max Fernando Frontin

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Pedro Max Fernando Frontin
GLAM MB Contra-Almirante Pedro Max Fernando de Frontin (45024097234).jpg
Admiral Frontin wearing a typical french military cap, 1918.
Born(1867-02-08)8 February 1867
Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro, Empire of Brazil
Died7 April 1939(1939-04-07) (aged 72)
Rio de Janeiro, Federal District, Brazil
Allegiance Empire of Brazil
Brazil Republic of Brazil
Service/branchCoat of arms of the Brazilian Navy.svg Brazilian Navy
Years of service1882–1938
RankAlmiranteMB.png Admiral
Commands heldNaval Division in War Operations
Naval War Scholl
Staff of the Navy
2nd Naval Division
Corps of National Sailors
Division of Battleships
Battles/warsWorld War I
AwardsUS Gold Medal of Distinction
Cross of II Leopold of Belgium
Gold Medal of Military Valour
First Class of the Japanese Empire
Other workMinister of the Superior Military Court

Pedro Max Fernando Frontin (8 February 1867 – 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 Brazilian battleship São Paulo, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazilian cruiser Bahia, CT 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 decorated 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.

He also held the positions of Chief of Staff of the Navy, Minister of the Superior Military Tribunal, Director of the Naval War School, Commander of the National Sailors Corps, Commander of the 2nd Naval Division and Commander of the Battles Division. He was minister of the Superior Military Court between 1926 and 1938. He was president of the court between July 18, 1934 and February 19, 1938, the date of his retirement. He died a little more than one after his estrangement.

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]

Bibliography[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.