Pollock, Edwin Taylor, CAPT

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Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
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Line Officer
Primary Unit
1925-1927, USS Los Angeles (ZR-3)
Service Years
1893 - 1927

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Mount Gilead

Date of Passing
Jun 06, 1943
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During the war, Pollock was appointed as Captain on the USS George Washington, a German cruise liner which was repossessed by the United States military for use as a transport ship. She was rechristened George Washington in September 1917 and Pollock was given her command on October 1, 1917. That December, she set out with her first load of troops. During the war, Pollock successfully transported 60,00 American soldiers to France in 18 round trips.[24] In 1918, the George Washington was tasked to deliver President Woodrow Wilson to the Paris Peace Conference, though Pollock would not make the trip. He was reassigned on September 29, 1918.

 After the war, he was eventually reassigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, to serve in the Pacific fleet.[24] On November 10, 1920, Pollock was awarded a Navy Cross for his services during the war.[
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U.S. Virgin Islands

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In the final days before the entrance of the United States into World War I, the US military was concerned that Germany was planning to purchase or seize the Danish West Indies for use as a submarine or zeppelin base.[20] At the time, Charlotte Amalie on Saint Thomas was considered the best port in the Caribbean outside of Cuba and Coral Bay on Saint John was considered the safest harbor in the area.[21] Although the United States was not yet at war with Germany, the US signed a treaty to purchase the territory from Denmark for 25 million dollars on March 28, 1917. President Woodrow Wilson nominated James Harrison Oliver to be the first military governor.[22] The United States announced plans to build a naval base in the territory to aid in the protection of the Panama Canal.[23]

Oliver was unable to travel immediately to the Islands and the honor of being the first Acting Governor of the United States Virgin Islands was decided in an unusual way. Both Pollock, commanding the USS Hancock, and B. B. Blerer's USS Olympia were dispatched to the Islands in a race. The commander of the ship that arrived first would officiate at the transfer ceremony and be Acting Governor.[22] Pollock arrived first and the transfer ceremony took place on March 31, 1917 on Saint Thomas. Blerer officiated at a smaller ceremony on Saint Croix. Present for the handover was the crew of the KDM Valkyrien and the former island legislature.[23] The United States declared war on Germany on April 6, less than a week after securing the islands. Oliver was confirmed by Congress on April 20 and relieved Pollock as Governor.

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US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)US NavyNaval Observatory, CNO - OPNAVCNO - OPNAV
Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)USS Los Angeles (ZR-3)
  1887-1893, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1889-1890, USS Lancaster (1858) (Screw Sloop)
  1892-1893, USS Monocacy
  1893-1894, USS New York (ACR-2)
  1894-1896, USS Machias (PG-5)
  1896-1897, USS Detroit (C-10)
  1897-1900, USS New York (ACR-2)
  1900-1901, USS Alliance (1875) Screw gunboat
  1901-1901, USS Dolphin (PG-24)
  1901-1901, USS Buffalo (1892)
  1901-1902, USS Brooklyn (CA-3)
  1902-1903, USS Chesapeake (AOT-5084)
  1903-1904, USS Cincinnati (C-7)
  1904-1906, SUBBASE Cavite PI
  1906-1910, USS Alabama (BB-8)
  1910-1911, USS Massachusetts (BB-2)
  1911-1912, USS Virginia (BB-13)
  1912-1913, USS Kearsarge (BB-5)
  1913-1913, USS Salem (CL-3)
  1914-1916, Naval Observatory, CNO - OPNAV
  1916-1917, USS Alabama (BB-8)
  1917-1917, USS Hancock (AP-3)
  1917-1918, CNO - OPNAV
  1919-1921, USS Oklahoma (BB-37)
  1921-1923, Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)
  1923-1925, Naval Observatory, CNO - OPNAV
  1925-1927, USS Los Angeles (ZR-3)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1898-1898 Spanish-American War
  1898-1898 Spanish-American War/Battle of San Juan
  1898-1898 Spanish-American War/Battle of Guantanamo Bay
  1898-1898 Spanish-American War/Battle of Santiago
  1917-1918 World War I
  1917-1918 World War I/Convoy Duty - Azores and Gibraltar areas
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United States Naval Academy
  1887-1893, United States Naval Academy
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