Cone, Hutchinson Ingram, RDML

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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Lower Half
Last Primary NEC
110X-Unrestricted Line Officer - No Specialty Engagement
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1917-1918, 110X, Commander Naval Forces Europe/Commander Naval Forces Africa (COMNAVEUR/COMNAVAF)
Service Years
1893 - 1922
Rear Admiral Lower Half
Rear Admiral Lower Half

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Cone, Hutchinson Ingram, RDML USN(Ret).
Contact Info
Home Town
Benton, Florida
Last Address

Date of Passing
Feb 12, 1941
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: Section 2, Site 1204

 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 20

 Unofficial Badges 

Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

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Last Known Activity
Hutchinson Ingham Cone, Sr. was a famous naval engineer and naval officer. He was born in April 26, 1871 in Benton, Florida, the son of Daniel Newman Cone, Jr., later a member of the Florida legislature, and Annette Ingham Cone. 

He had three siblings and was a great-great-grandson of Revolutionary War hero, Captain William Henry Cone; a great-grandson of William Cone, Jr. who served in both the Georgia and Florida legislatures; and a grandson of Daniel Newman Cone, Sr., a law enforcement officer who died in the line of duty. Hutchinson graduated from both Florida State College and the U. S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

He married Patty Sheldon Cone from Kempsville, Virginia on October 19, 1900. They were the parents of Hutchinson Ingham Cone, Jr., later a Lieutenant Colonel in the U. S. Army.

During the Spanish-American War, Hutchinson Cone, Sr. served as Assistant Engineer on the U.S.S. Baltimore during Commodore George Dewey's victory over the Spanish at the Battle of Manila Bay in the Philippines in 1898. In 1900 he was a Lieutenant on board the U.S.S. Prairie. Cone supervised the shift from coal to oil fuel to increase the operational radius of the U. S. Navy, and he was involved in trials of a turbo-electric propulsion system. He commanded the U.S.S. Dixie from April 1914 until July 1915, when he became Marine Superintendent of the Panama Canal. Later he commanded naval air forces in Europe during World War I. Cone was wounded while freeing lifeboats on the RMS Leinster, on which he was a passenger; for his lifesaving actions he was made an honorary commander of the Order of the British Empire. Cone retired from the Navy in 1922 as Engineer-in-Chief, with the rank of Rear Admiral. He later served with Charles Lindbergh on the Board of Directors of the Guggenheim Fund to support flight. 

Cone's diary is in the archives of the Library of Congress. The diary was kept by Cone while serving on the cruiser Baltimore between April and August 1898 in the Philippines theater of the Spanish-American War. Entries contain descriptions of the Battle of Cavite and the Battle of Manila Bay, poetry commemorating the battles, newspaper clippings, and newsletters from the Baltimore. It also includes a blueprint map of the Battle of Manila Bay.

He is buried with his wife in Arlington National Cemetery.

The U.S.S. Hutchinson I. Cone, named for the Rear Admiral, was a World War II-era destroyer that saw action in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. In 1962 it recovered astronauts Alan Shepard and John Glenn after their historic manned space flights.
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US NavyCommander Naval Forces Europe/Commander Naval Forces Africa (COMNAVEUR/COMNAVAF)
  1898-1898, 110X, USS Baltimore (C-3)
  1900-1901, 110X, USS Prairie (AD-5)
  1914-1915, 110X, USS Dixie (AD-1)
  1917-1918, 110X, Commander Naval Forces Europe/Commander Naval Forces Africa (COMNAVEUR/COMNAVAF)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1898-1898 Spanish-American War/Battle of Manila Bay
  1917-1918 World War I
 Colleges Attended 
Florida State UniversityUnited States Naval Academy
  1887-1889, Florida State University
  1989-1891, United States Naval Academy
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