Born at West Point, New York, 8 December 1858. He graduated from the US Naval Academy, 1878, and the Navy War College, 1916. Married Mary S. Whitelock, September 15, 1886.
Appointed Midshipman, June 4, 1880, and then promoted through the ranks to Rear Admiral, August 29, 1916. Promoted to Vice Admiral, and retired, June 21, 1930.
President, USN Examining Board, Washington, DC, September 29, 1916. Commanding, Atlantic Fleet Train (flagship USS Columbia) January 24, 1919. Special duty at London and Paris, December 13, 1919. Commander US Navy Forces in European Waters, with the rank of Vice Admiral, June 25, 1920. Commander, 3rd Naval Dist, New York, February 5, 1921. A member of the General Board, US Navy, July 26, 1921-December 3, 1922.
He was advanced five numbers for “eminent and conspicuous conduct in battle” while serving on board USS Gloucester, commanded landing forces from Gloucester at Guanica, Puerto Rico, July 25, 1898. Secured the landing place for Army, hauled down the Spanish flag and hoisted first US flag over Puerto Rico.
He was awarded the Medal of Honor for “distinguished conduct in battle,” engagement of Vera Cruz, April 21-22, 1914. He also received the Gold Life Saving Medal from the New York Humane Society, for going overboard in his uniform from his flagship to rescue one of his crew.
He was a member of the Christian Science Church. Author of “The Descendants of Abel Huse of Newbury (1602-1690).”
He died on May 13, 1942. Buried in Section 2, Grave 4889, Arlington National Cemetery. His wife Mary Sheward Whitelock Huse (September 15, 1886-October 17, 1949) is buried with him.
HUSE, HENRY McLAREN PINCKNEY
Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Navy. Born: 8 December 1858, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y. Appointed from: New York. G.O. No.: 177, 4 December 1915.
For distinguished conduct in battle, engagements of Vera Cruz, 21 and 22 April 1914. Under fire, Capt. Huse was eminent and conspicuous in the performance of his duties; was indefatigable in his labors of a most important character, both with the division commander in directing affairs and in his efforts on shore to get in communication with the Mexican authorities to avoid needlessly prolonging the conflict.
- VICE ADMIRAL US NAVY RETIRED
- DATE OF DEATH: 05/14/1942
- BURIED AT: SECTION 2 SITE 4889
- ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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