Sims, William Sowden, ADM

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Last Rank
Admiral
Primary Unit
1925-1925, Bureau of Navigation
Service Years
1880 - 1922
Admiral
Admiral

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Home Country
Canada
Canada
Year of Birth
1858
 
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Home Town
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Last Address
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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Navy Distinguished Service Medal - 1919



Name of Award
Navy Distinguished Service Medal

Devices
none

Year Awarded
1919

Last Updated:
Feb 11, 2009
 
 
 
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Details Behind Award
He refused to accept the Distinguished Service Medal because he objected to the Navy?s policy of awarding medals to undeserving officers.


SIMS, WILLIAM SOWDEN
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to William Sowden Sims, Admiral, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commander of the U.S. Naval Forces in European Waters in connection with the organization and operation of the U.S. Naval Forces in European Waters in the conduct of war operation.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)
Born: 10/15/1858 at Port Hope, Ontario, Canada
   
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Navy Distinguished Service Medal - 1919 (REFUSED)

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