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Articles & Local History > 1941 - J. M. Reeves in Service Again

Tampico Tornado, Thurs., October 23, 1941

Mr. Frank M. STAGER, county chairman of the Navy League of the United Stes, gives us the following infromation regarding a local personqge, which is very apropriate at this time in connection with Navy Day, which is Monday , Oct. 27.

Rear Admiral REEVES was born in Tampico, Ill., Nov. 20, 1872, and was appointed to the Naval Academy on 1898. Serving on board the U. S. S. Oregon during the Spanish-American War, he was advanced four numbers in rank on the list of  Lieutenants (junior grade).

"For displaying eminent and conspicuous conduct in managing the machinery of the vessel Oregon July 3, 1898. The leading engineer officers of this vessel so developed the efficiency of the motive power as to cause the attainment of a speed unusual to the ship, thereby enabling her commanding officer to place her in the very conspicuous position that she occupied on that occasion, thus contributing in a very important degree to the  success of the Oregon in the battle."

He was awarded the Navy Cross for his services in command of the U. S. S. Maine during the World War. He served as Naval AttacheAmerican Embassy, Rome, from 1919 until 1921, when he commanded the Pittsburgh. He followed that command with duty as Captain of the Yard, Navy Yard, New York. From 1922 until 1923, he commanded the U. S. S. North Dakota, and then went to the Naval War College, Newport, for instruction. He served on the staff of the Naval War College ffollowing his graduation and in October, 1925, after qualifying as a naval aviation observer was ordered to command the Aircraft Squadrons Battle Fleet. In June, 1929, Admiral REEVES became a member of the Navy General Board and in June, 1930, assumed command of the Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet. He reported for duty as Senior Member Boad of Inspection and Survey, Pacific Coast Section, Sept. 15, 1931. and became Commandant ofthe Navy Yard, Mare Island, California, in June, 1932.  He assumed the duties of Commander Battle Force with the accompanying rank of Admiral in June, 1933, and on June 15, 1934, hoisted his flag in the U. S. S. Pennsylvania as Comander-in-Chief of the United States Fleet. After two years in command of the Fleet, he was ordered to the Navy Department as a member of the General Board, and since Oct. 1, 1936, has served as chairman of the board, until his retirement, Dec. 1, 1937. He was recalled to active duty in the office of the Secretary of the Navy, May 21, 1940.

Home address: San Raphel, California.

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