Henry T. Mayo
|Henry T. Mayo|
Admiral Henry T. Mayo
December 8, 1856|
February 23, 1937 (aged 80)|
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1876–1921|
|Commands held||US Atlantic Fleet|
World War I
|Awards||Navy Distinguished Service Medal|
Mayo was born in Burlington, Vermont, 8 December 1856. Upon graduation from the United States Naval Academy in 1876 he experienced a variety of naval duties including coastal survey. During the Spanish–American War he served in the gunboat Bennington (PG-4) off the west coast of North America.
Appointed rear admiral in 1913, he commanded the naval squadron involved in the Tampico incident of 9 April 1914. His demands for vindication of national honor further accentuated the tense relations with Mexico.
Promoted to vice admiral in June 1915, as the new Commander in Chief, Atlantic Fleet, he received the rank of admiral 19 June 1916. For his organization and support of World War I U.S. Naval Forces both in American and European waters, he was awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal and various foreign decorations. He evidenced foresight in urging the postwar development of fleet aviation.
Admiral Mayo retired 28 February 1921, and, for four years, served as Governor of the Philadelphia Naval Home. He retained his commission as an admiral by a 1930 Act of Congress. He died at Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 23 February 1937.
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