DUNN, Herbert, RADM

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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1919-1921, 9420, NAVSTA Newport, RI
Service Years
1877 - 1921
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Home State
Rhode Island
Rhode Island
Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Westerly, Rhode Island
Last Address
Baltimore, Maryland

Date of Passing
Mar 06, 1939
Location of Interment
Riverbend Cemetery - Westerly, Rhode Island
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 30 World War I Victory Button

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Navy Club of the United States of AmericaMilitary Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS)Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States
  1900, Navy Club of the United States of America
  1908, Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS) - Assoc. Page
  1918, Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyNavy Recruiting District Chicago (NRD Chicago), Commander Naval Recruiting Command (CNRC)Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) (Faculty Staff)Maritime Defense Zone Atlantic (MDZLANT)
NAVSTA Newport, RI
  1877-1880, USS Constellation (1854) Sloop of War
  1898-1898, 111X, USS Glacier (AF-4)
  1898-1900, 111X, USS Terror (BM-4)
  1900-1904, 111X, USS Buffalo (1892)
  1904-1905, 168X, Navy Recruiting District Chicago (NRD Chicago), Commander Naval Recruiting Command (CNRC)
  1904-1905, 165X, Naval Hydrographic Office
  1905-1908, 111X, USS Dixie (AD-1)
  1906-1907, 111X, USS Prairie (AD-5)
  1912-1913, 9420, Division of Fleet Training, Navy Operations, Navy Department
  1913-1914, 111X, Maritime Defense Command (MARDEFCOM-3) New York, Maritime Defense Zone Atlantic (MDZLANT)
  1915-1916, 111X, USS Minnesota (BB-22)
  1916-1917, 111X, Commander Battleship Division 5
  1916-1917, 111X, USS Connecticut (BB-18)
  1917-1919, 9420, NOB Ponta Delgada, Azores
  1919-1921, 9420, NAVSTA Newport, RI
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1898-1898 Spanish-American War
  1900-1902 China Relief Expedition
  1905-1905 Cuban Pacification (Second Occupation of Cuba)
  1917-1918 World War I
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1873-1877, United States Naval Academy
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Last Known Activity

Rear Admiral Herbert Omar DUNN
Spanish-American War, Cuban Pacification, Boxer Rebellion and
the First World War when he held the rank of Vice Admiral and was
the first Commander of the U.S. Naval Base at Ponta Delgada, Azores.

Distinguished Service Medal, Military Order of St. Benedict of Aviz of Portugal,
China's Military Order of the Dragon, Order of the Spanish-American War,
and the Order of the Rising Sun from Japan.

US Navy Admiral, Inventor. He entered the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., when he was 16, 1873, and began his career as a cadet on the sloop of war ship USS Constellation in 1877 on a voyage to South America. He was commissioned a US Navy Ensign in 1881. Rising through the ranks, he was promoted Rear Admiral in 1915. During World War I, he was appointed the first commander of U.S. naval forces stationed at the U.S. Naval Base at Ponta Delgada, Azores. There he distinguished himself by sinking a German U-boat and providing help to the civil population when the great flu pandemic of 1918, killed 2,000 people on the island.

As an inventor, he designed and patented the Dunn Anchor in 1889. This new anchor had many distinct advantages over old style maritime stock anchors used at that time. It had great holding power due to it's moveable shanks and could be applied in applications of 200 to 20,000 pounds. Accepted by the American Bureau of Shipping, the Dunn Anchor thus became the standard for ships world wide to date. He also held the patents for several other marine appliances. In 1921, he retired from active service with the rank of Upper-Rear Admiral. He died in 1939, and there is a "DUNN ANCHOR" represented on his grave's headstone. 

Other Comments:
Spanish-American War To date of July 1, 1908 

DUNN, HERBERT OMAR (No. 241, New York Commandery).  Commander United States Navy. Services : Watch and Division Officer USS Terror during the month of April, 1898, blockading Cardenas, Cuba; captured the Spanish steamers Guido and Bolivar, and the Spanish sailing vessels Tres Hermanos, Lorenzo, Mascotta and Carlos Rosas; May 4, joined Admiral Sampson in his expedition to Porto Rico; May 12, engaged the forts at San Juan, P. R., for three hours; returned to the coast of Cuba, and during May and June engaged in blockading Havana and defending Key West; Guantanamo Bay, July 17, 1898; July and August, assisting the army at Ponce, Guanica and Porto Rico; from April 2, 1900, to March 4, 1901, Navigating Officer of the USS Buffalo; Lieutenant Commander, July I, 1900. 
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