Sims, William Sowden, ADM

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1925-1925, Bureau of Navigation
Service Years
1880 - 1922

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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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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)US NavyCNO - OPNAVNaval Attache/Asst Naval Attache, CNO - OPNAV
Naval War College (Staff)Commander in Chief US Naval Forces Europe (CINCUSNAVEUR)/Commander US Naval Forces Europe (COMUSNAVE
  1876-1880, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1880-1881, USS Tennessee (1865) Screw frigate
  1881-1882, USS Swatara (screw sloop)
  1883-1884, USS Yantic (screw gunboat)
  1885-1886, USS COLORADO (Steam Frigate)
  1886-1887, USS Richmond (1860)
  1887-1888, Personnel Exchange Program (PEP), CNO - OPNAV
  1889-1893, USS Saratoga (1842) Sloop of war
  1893-1894, USS PHILADELPHIA (C-4)
  1894-1896, USS Charleston (C-2)
  1897-1900, Naval Attache/Asst Naval Attache, CNO - OPNAV
  1900-1901, USS Kentucky (BB-6)
  1901-1901, USS Monterey (BM-6)
  1901-1902, Commander In Chief Asiatic Fleet
  1902-1908, Director of Naval Target Practice
  1907-1909, The White House
  1909-1911, USS Minnesota (BB-22)
  1911-1913, Naval War College (Staff)
  1913-1915, Atlantic Torpedo Flotilla
  1915-1916, USS Nevada (M-8)
  1917-1917, Naval War College (Staff)
  1917-1918, Commander in Chief US Naval Forces Europe (CINCUSNAVEUR)/Commander US Naval Forces Europe (COMUSNAVE
  1919-1922, Naval War College (Staff)
  1925-1925, Bureau of Navigation
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1898-1898 Spanish-American War
  1917-1918 World War I
  1918-1918 World War I/Surrender of Germany1
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United States Naval Academy
  1876-1880, United States Naval Academy
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