Kemp Tolley

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Kemp Tolley (born 1908 Manila — died 28 October 2000) was an officer in the US Navy and is the author of books on the history of the US Navy, like . He was a 1929 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, where he was a member of Phi Alpha Theta. Tolley himself served in the Yangtze Patrol.

At the time of his birth in 1908, Admiral Tolley's father, Lt Col Oscar Kemp Tolley, U.S. Army, was stationed in the Philippines.

During his civilian life, he lived in the historic Corbett Village in Monkton, Maryland.


  • Yangtze Patrol
  • Cruise of the Lanikai
  • Caviar and Commissars

  • References

    Further reading

    • Barrow, Clay. "Midshipman Tolley." Naval History. September/October 1995, v. 9, n. 5, pages 17–21. A profile of Kemp Tolley, "one of the most colorful men in the history of the U.S. Navy," by a former editor of the U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings. Tolley wrote Yangtze Patrol, Cruise of the Lanikai, Caviar and Commissars and dozens of published articles.
    • Buckley, Thomas H. "Yangtze Patrol: The U.S. Navy in China. By Kemp Tolley." The Journal of American History, September 1972, v. 59, no. 2, pages 453-454
    • Jacobus, Stephen "Shakey Jake". "Tolley's Way – One Gentleman's Adventurous Naval Career." Naval History, September/October 1995, v. 9, n.5, pages 22–23. Biographical sketch of Admiral Kemp Tolley, author of Yangtze Patrol, who......
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