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.’
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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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  1887-1888, Personnel Exchange Program (PEP), CNO - OPNAV

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In 1887, he received permission from the Navy Department to live inParis for a year, where he perfected his French and absorbed French culture. This experiencequalified him for an appointment as naval attaché to Paris, France; St. Petersburg, Russia; andMadrid, Spain in 1897, a position he held until 1900

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