Henry Ariosto Wiley
Admiral, United States Navy
Aristo Wiley was born in Pike County, Alabama, 31 January 1867 and graduated
from the Naval Academy in 1888.
He served in the USS Maple during the Spanish-American War and attained his first command, the USS Villalobos, in 1904.
During the First World War Wiley commanded battleship Wyoming 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, U.S. 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.
The HENRY A. WILEY (DM-29) was named for a World War I battleship commander who went on to serve as Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Fleet. At the time of his retirement in 1943, Admiral Wiley was head of the Navy Board of Production Awards. Launched on 21 April 1944, the former DD-749 was reclassified DM-29 on 20 July and was commissioned 31 August 1944.
WILEY, HENRY A
ADMIRAL US NAVY RET
DATE OF DEATH: 05/20/1943
BURIED AT: SECTION EAST SITE 883
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
WILEY, ROBERTA MORGAN W/O HENRY A
WILEY, ELIZABETH D/O WILEY, HENRY A
Photo By M. R. Patterson, 23 April 2004