Sims, William Sowden, ADM

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1925-1925, Bureau of Navigation
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1880 - 1922

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by Kent Weekly (SS/DSV) (DBF), EMCS to remember Sims, William Sowden, ADM USN(Ret).

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Boston, MA

Date of Passing
Sep 28, 1936
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Admiral William S. Sims, commander of U.S. naval forces in European waters during World War I, remarked: 

‘The average man suffers very severely from the pain of a new idea….It is my belief that the future will show that the fleet that has 20 airplane carriers instead of 16 battleships and 4 airplanes will inevitably knock the other fleet out.’
Other Comments:
He refused to accept the Distinguished Service Medal because he objected to the Navy’s policy of awarding medals to undeserving officers.

Promoted to Admiral in 1930 while retired

Foreign Awards:
Grand Cross of the Order of St. Michael and St. George (Great Britain), 
Grand Officer of the Legion of Honor (France), 
Grand Cordon, Order of the Rising Sun (Japan), 
Grand Cordon, Order of Leopold (Belgium),
Grand Officer of the Crown of Italy
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  1900-1901, USS Kentucky (BB-6)

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USS Kentucky (BB-6)
Kearsarge Class Battleship: Displacement 11,525 Tons, Dimensions, 375' 4" (oa) x 72' 3" x 25' 10" (Max), Armament 4 x 13"/35 4 x 8"/35, 14 x 5"/40 4 x 18" tt, Armor, 16 1/2" Belt, 17" Turrets, 5" Decks, 10" Conning Tower, Machinery, 10,000 IHP; 2 vertical triple expansion engines, 2 screws, Speed, 16 Knots, Crew 553. Operational and Building Data: Laid down by Newport News, Shipbuilding, Newport News, VA., on June 30 1896, Launched March 24 1898, Commissioned May 15 1900, Decommissioned August 28 1909, Recommissioned June 4 1912. Decommissioned March 29 1920.Stricken May 27 1922. Fate: Sold March 24 1923 and broken up for scrap.

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6 Members Also There at Same Time
USS Kentucky (BB-6)

ROHRER, Karl, RDML, (1865-1911) Lieutenant Commander
Berrien, Frank, RADM, (1900-1941) Ensign
Castle, Guy Wilkinson Stuart, CDR, (1901-1919) Midshipman
Naile, Frederick Raymond, CAPT, (1900-1926) Midshipman
Blue, Victor, RDML, (1887-1919) OFF 111X Lieutenant
Winter, Leo, F3c, (1900-1908) WT Fireman 3rd Class

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