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.
TOWNSEND, JULIUS CURTIS
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.
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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