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Henry A. Wiley

Henry A. Wiley
Admiral Henry A. Wiley
Born (1867-01-31)January 31, 1867
Pike County, Alabama
Died May 20, 1943(1943-05-20) (aged 76)
Palm Beach, Florida
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1888-1929, 1941-1943
Rank Admiral
Commands held U.S. Fleet
Battles/wars Spanish-American War
World War I
World War II
Awards Distinguished Service Medal
Other work Chairman, U.S. Maritime Commission

Admiral Henry Ariosto Wiley (31 January 1867 – 20 May 1943) was an officer in the United States Navy during the Spanish-American War, World War I and World War II.

Biography

Born in Pike County, Alabama, Wiley graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1888. He served in Maple during the Spanish-American War and attained his first command, Villalobos, in 1904. During the First World War Wiley commanded battleship USS Wyoming (BB-32) attached to the 6th Battle Squadron of the British Grand Fleet and received the Distinguished Service Medal for his "outstanding performance."

After various shore and fleet commands, he was appointed Admiral in 1927 and served as Commander-in-chief, United States Fleet, until his retirement in 1929 after over 40 years of service. Admiral Wiley served in the years that followed as Chairman of the Maritime Commission and in other important government posts until being recalled to active duty in 1941. In the next year he headed the Navy Board of Production Awards.

Admiral Wiley retired once more 2 January 1943 and died 20 May 1943 at Palm Beach, Florida.

Namesake

USS Henry A. Wiley was named for him.

References

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.
Military offices
Preceded by
Charles F. Hughes
Commander in Chief, United States Fleet
1927–May 21, 1929
Succeeded by
William V. Pratt


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