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Henry T. Mayo

Born: Dec 8, 1856

Death: Feb 23, 1937

Birthplace: Burlington

Nationality: United States

Henry T. Mayo

Date of Birth : Dec 8, 1856
Date of Death : Feb 23, 1937
Birth Place : Burlington

Henry Thomas Mayo was an admiral of the United States Navy. Mayo was born in Burlington, Vermont, 8 December 1856. Upon graduation from the United States Naval Academy in 1876 he experienced a variety of naval duties including coastal survey. During the Spanish-American War he served in the gunboat Bennington off the west coast of North America. About 1909 he was in command of the cruiser USS Albany as she cruised in Central American waters protecting United States citizens and interests as part of the Special Service Squadron. Appointed rear admiral in 1913, he commanded the naval squadron involved in the Tampico incident of 9 April 1914. His demands for vindication of national honor further accentuated the tense relations with Mexico. Promoted to vice admiral in June 1915, as the new Commander in Chief, Atlantic Fleet, he received the rank of admiral 19 June 1916. For his organization and support of World War I U.S. Naval Forces both in American and European waters, he was awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal and various foreign decorations. He evidenced foresight in urging the postwar development of fleet aviation.

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