Hugh Rodman

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Admiral Hugh Rodman KCB (6 January 1859 – 7 June 1940) was an officer in the United States Navy who served during the Spanish–American War and World War I, later serving as the Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet from 1919 to 1921.


Born at Frankfort, Kentucky, Rodman graduated from the Naval Academy in 1880. Duty in , , , and , and tours at the Hydrographic Office and at the United States Naval Observatory were followed in 1891 by four years of survey duty along the coasts of Alaska and British Columbia.

During the Spanish–American War, he served in and was commended for his outstanding conduct in the Battle of Manila Bay. In 1899, he participated in scientific explorations in the Pacific under the direction of Alexander Agassiz. Then, in 1900, he returned to Alaska for work investigating its fisheries. From 1901 to 1904 he commanded in Hawaiian waters. Next on the Asiatic Station, he served in , , and, in 1905, commanded the gunboat on the Yangtze River Patrol.

From 1907 to 1909, he attended the Naval War College and served as Lighthouse Inspector, 6th Naval District. In 1909 he returned to the Far East to serve in turn as captain of the yard, Cavite, Philippine Islands, and as commanding officer of . Captain of the yard, Mare Island Navy Yard, in 1911, he assumed command of , flagship, Atlantic Fleet, in 1912, and of in 1913. Duty as Marine Superintendent of the Panama Canal followed in 1914, and in 1915 he commanded . During 1916 he served...
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