Hugo Osterhaus

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Hugo Osterhaus
Hugo Osterhaus 1913.jpg
Hugo Osterhaus in 1913
Born(1851-06-15)June 15, 1851
Belleville, Illinois
DiedJune 11, 1927(1927-06-11) (aged 75)
Castle Point, New York
Place of burial
AllegianceUnited States United States of America
Service/branchSeal of the United States Department of the Navy.svg United States Navy
Years of service1871–1913, 1917–1920
RankUS-O8 insignia.svg Rear Admiral
Commands held
Battles/warsWorld War I
AwardsNavy Cross

Hugo Osterhaus (15 June 1851 in Belleville, Illinois – 11 June 1927 in Castle Point, New York) was a Rear Admiral in the United States Navy. He was the son of Civil War Major General Peter J. Osterhaus (1823–1917) and father of Navy Admiral Hugo Wilson Osterhaus (1878–1972), and is buried on Arlington National Cemetery.

U.S. Navy Career[edit]

Osterhaus was appointed Midshipman on 22 September 1865 and received his commission as an Ensign on 13 July 1871. He was commissioned Master, 12 February 1874; Lieutenant 13 March 1880; Lieutenant Commander 3 March 1899; Commander 2 July 1901 ; Captain 19 February 1906; Rear Admiral 4 December 1909 and was placed on the retired list 15 June 1913.

He was captain of the battleship Connecticut (BB-18) as part of the Great White Fleet which was a United States Navy force that completed a circumnavigation of the world from December 16, 1907, to February 22, 1909 by order of U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt. Roosevelt sought to demonstrate growing American military power and blue-water navy capability.

Osterhaus was recalled to active duty during World War I serving from 11 April 1917 until 1 November 1920 when he was relieved of active duty and returned home.

His flag commands included the Second Division, Atlantic Fleet; the Mare Island Navy Yard; the 12th Naval District; and the Atlantic Fleet.

Awarded the Navy Cross[edit]

During World War I he received the Navy Cross for services in the Office of Naval Districts.


The destroyer USS Osterhaus (DE-164), launched 18 April 1943 and sponsored by Miss Helen Osterhaus, was so named in his honor.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Seaton Schroeder
Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet
Succeeded by
Charles J. Badger