Charles Butler McVay II – Admiral, United States Navy

From the Evening Star
Washington, District of Columbia
Saturday, October 29, 1949


On Friday, October 28, 1949, at the Bethesda Naval Medical Center, CHARLES BUTLER McVAY, Jr., Admiral, United States Navy, retired, husband of Edith R. McVay, father of Charles B. McVay, 3rd, Rear Admiral, United States Navy, retired, and grandfather of Charles B. McVay, 4th, and James Wilder McVay.

Services will be held at Fort Myer Chapel on Tuesday, November 1, at 1 p.m. Interment, with full military honors, at Arlington National Cemetery. Please omit flowers.


Charles Butler McVay II graduated from the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland in 1890.  While his father was in school, his grandfather (Charles Butler McVay I), showed so much support for the Academy that they made him an honorary graduate with the class of 1890.

Charles Butler McVay II went on to become an Admiral and command the Asiatic Fleet in the early part of the 1900’s.

Charles Butler McVay II (1868 – 1949) was an admiral in the United States Navy during World War I.

In 1907-1909, during the cruise of the Great White Fleet, he commanded the tender, Yankton. Later, in the earlier 1930s, he served as Commander-in-Chief, Asiatic Fleet.

His son, Charles B. McVay, III, was the Commanding Officer of the ill-fated USS Indianapolis.


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