Howard, Thomas Benton, RADM

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Rear Admiral Upper Half
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111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
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Line Officer
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1914-1915, Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
Service Years
1873 - 1919
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Nov 10, 1920
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Admiral Thomas Benton Howard (August 10, 1854 - November 10, 1920) was an admiral in the United States Navy. He served as commander in chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet prior to United States entry into World War I.

Born in Illinois, Howard received an at-large appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, graduating in 1873. During his career he served under George Dewey at the Battle of Manila Bay and successively commanded USS Chesapeake, USS Nevada, USS Olympia, USS Tennessee, and USS Ohio (BB-12). As captain of USS Ohio, he sailed around the world with the Great White Fleet in 1908-1909.

In January 1914, Howard was appointed commander in chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. In 1915, he became the fifth full admiral in the history of the U.S. Navy when the three commanders in chief of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Asiatic Fleets were each advanced to the temporary rank of full admiral. Upon relinquishing command of the Pacific Fleet in September 1915, Howard reverted to his permanent rank of rear admiral.

Howard retired on August 10, 1916. He was Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Observatory from March 31, 1917 to March 4, 1919. He died in Annapolis on November 10, 1920.

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US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)US NavyCommander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
  1869-1873, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1873-1874, USS Alaska (1868) Screw Sloop
  1874-1874, USS Wabash
  1874-1875, USS Franklin (Screw Frigate)
  1876-1878, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1878-1879, USS Plymouth (1844) - (Sloop of War)
  1879-1881, USS Kearsarge (1861) Sloop-of-War
  1881-1884, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1881-1884, USS Dale (Sloop of War)
  1884-1887, USS SARATOGA (Sloop/26 guns)
  1887-1889, USS Constellation
  1887-1890, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1891-1893, USS Bennington (PG-4)
  1892-1893, USS Pinta (1864)
  1897-1898, USS Olympia (C-6)
  1899-1900, USS Chesapeake (1898)
  1902-1903, USS Olympia (C-6)
  1903-1905, USS Nevada (M-8)
  1903-1905, USS Tennessee (ACR-10)
  1905-1909, USS Ohio (BB-12)
  1914-1915, Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1898-1898 Spanish-American War/Battle of Manila Bay
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United States Naval Academy
  1869-1873, United States Naval Academy
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