Sims, William Sowden, ADM

 Service Photo   Service Details
97 kb
View Time Line
Last Rank
Primary Unit
1925-1925, Bureau of Navigation
Service Years
1880 - 1922

 Last Photo   Personal Details 

66 kb

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

If you knew or served with this Sailor and have additional information or photos to support this Page, please leave a message for the Page Administrator(s) HERE.
Contact Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Boston, MA

Date of Passing
Sep 28, 1936
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

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
 Photo Album   (More...

  1915-1916, USS Nevada (M-8)


From Month/Year
- / 1915

To Month/Year
- / 1916

USS Nevada (M-8) Unit Page


Not Specified

Not Specified

Not Specified
 USS Nevada (M-8) Details

USS Nevada (M-8)
Arkansas Class Monitor: Displacement 3,225 tons. Dimensions, 255 x 50 x 12.5 feet/77.75 x 15.24 x 3.81 meters. Armament 1 dual 12/40, 4 single 4/50, 3 6-pound. Armor, Harvey: 5-11 inch belt, 9-11 inch barbettes, 9-10 inch turrets, 7.5 inch CT. Machinery, VTE engines, 4 boilers, 2 shafts, 2,400 hp, Speed, 12.5 Knots, Crew 220. Operational and Building Data: Built by Bath Iron Works, ME. Laid down 17 April 1899, launched as Connecticut on 24 November 1900, renamed Nevada 1, 1901, commissioned 5 March 1903. Renamed Tonopah on 2 March 1909. Operated as a submarine tender, probably starting circa 1913-1914; was based at Bermuda, Azores and Lisbon, Portugal at various times. Fate: Decommissioned for disposal 1/1919. Designation BM 8 assigned 17 July 1920. Sold for scrapping 26 January 1922.

Surface Vessels


Parent Unit


Created/Owned By
Not Specified

Last Updated: Jul 27, 2008
My Photos For This Unit
No Available Photos
Members Also There at Same Time

Copyright Inc 2003-2011