Julius Curtis Townsend – Rear Admiral, United States Navy

Born at Athens, Georgia, February 22, 1881, he graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1902 and was commissioned an Ensign in 1904.


He thereafter advanced through the grades to Rear Admiral, 1936. He served as Commander, USN Aviation Base, Aghada, County Cork, Ireland in World War I; was commander, Cruisers Battle Forces, U.S. Fleet, in 1936.

He was a recipient of both the Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross.

He died on December 28, 1939 and was buried in Section 6 of Arlington National Cemetery. His wife, Martha Blanche Caither Townsend (1881-1976), is buried with him.


Rank and organization: Lieutenant, U.S. Navy. Born: 22 February 1881, Athens, Missouri. Entered service at: Athens, Missouri. G.O. No.: 177, 4 December 1915.


For distinguished conduct in battle, engagement of Vera Cruz, 22 April 1914. Lt.
Townsend was eminent and conspicuous in command of his battalion. He exhibited courage and skill in leading his men through the action of the 22d and in the final occupation of the city.

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