Raymond Perry Rodgers
Rear Admiral, United States Navy
|Born in Washington,
D.C., December 20, 1849. His parents were Christopher Raymond Perry Rodgers
and Julia Slidell Rodgers. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1868
and married Gertrude Stuyvesant. Appointed Ensign, USN, 1869 and was promoted
through the grades to rear admiral on July 4, 1908.
He served as Executive Officer of USS Iowa in the Spanish-American War and was advanced five numbers in grade for "imminent and conspicious conduct" in the battle which destroyed Cevera's squadron off Santiago, Cuba. He is also the brother of Thomas Slidell Rodgers.
He died on December 28, 1925 and is buried
in Section 2 of Arlington National Cemetery.
Rodgers also involved ONI in cryptography,
and the office took on the task of finding useful inventions for the Navy,
receiving a flood of letters detailing all manner of odd devices. Rodgers'
command was among the best in ONI history, as young, vigorous officers
flocked to the office, setting the tone for ONI operations throughout the
rest of the century, as naval attaches in Europe searched out advances
in naval technology, while in Latin America ONI kept a close watch over
European colonial interests. Despite this new drive, a transfer of ONI
from the Bureau of Navigation to the Office of the Secretary of the Navy
in 1890 increased the demand on ONI for more information, and a weakness
in intelligence-gathering would be revealed by the Spanish-American War.
December 29, 1925 - Word was received here last night of the death yesterday at Monte Carlo of Rear Admiral Raymond Perry Rodgers, U.S.N., retired, former President of the Naval War College, who for several years had been living abroad with his wife, formerly Miss Gertrude Stuyvesant of New York. TheAdmiral was 76 years old and had been out of active service for fourteen years.
A native of Washington, D.C., Raymond Perry Rodgers came of a family that had given other distinguished officers to the American Navy. His father, the late Rear Admiral Christopher Raymond Perry Rodgers, was Fleet Captain in the attack on Charleston in the Civil War and was, for five years, Superintendent of the Naval Academy. Rear Admiral Thomas Slidell Rodgers, U.S.N., retired, is a brother of the officer who just died in Monte Carlo. Their mother was Julia Slidell Rodgers.
After graduating from Annapolis in 1858, Admiral Rodgers reached the rank of Commander in 1899, Captain in 1903 and Rear Admiral in 1908. Of this forty years of continuous service to his country, he spent the four years from 1894 to 1898 as Naval Attache in France and Russia. Throughout the war with Spain he was Executive Officer of the battleship Iowa, and for most of the war was stationed off Santiago de Cuba. He was advanced five numbers for eminent and conspicious conduct in the battle which destroyed Cerver's squadson.
While in command of the Nashville from 1899
t0 1901, Admiral Rodgers, then ranking as a Commander, served in the West
Indies and the Philippines, and in China during the Boxer troubles.
For the next two years he was Captain of the battleship Kearsarge of the
Atlantic Fleet and then for three years was Chief Intelligence Officer
with theNavy Department. In October 1909, he became Preident of the
Naval War College and Commandant of the Naval Station at Narragansett Nay.
He was a memebr of the University Club of New York and the Metropolitan
May 28, 1920 - Miss Julia Stuyvesant Rodgers, daughter of the late Rear Admiral Raymond Perry Rodgers, died yesterday in Doctors Hospital after a brief illness. A member of a socially prominent family, she resided at the Sulgrave Hotel, 60 East Sixty-seventh Street. Miss Rodgers had spent a major part of her life abroad, returning to this country about fifteen years ago.
RODGERS, RAYMOND P
R/ADM US NAVY
VETERAN SERVICE DATES: Unknown
DATE OF DEATH: 12/28/1925
DATE OF INTERMENT: Unknown
BURIED AT: SECTION EW SITE 958
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
RODGERS, GERTRUDE STUYVESANT
RODGERS, JULIA S D/O RAYMOND P
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