Born at Bearing River, North Carolina, August 13, 1879, he graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1901 and from the Naval War College in 1920. He married Genevieve Clary, October 1, 1910.
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He was commissioned an Ensign in 1901 and advanced through the grades to Rear Admiral in 1936, in recognition of distinguished service in combat with the enemy during World War I. He retired from active duty in 1936, but was recalled to active duty in 1942 and assigned as Inspector, U.S. Navy Material Command, Houston, Texas. He retired again in 1945 at the conclusion of World War II.
During World War I, he commanded the USS President Lincoln which was sunk in an engagement with German submarine U-90 in 1918. He served as an Aide to the Secretary of the Navy, 1918-21 and them commanded forces from the USS Baltimore during the Chinese uprising, Shanghai, in 1905.
He was commander Pennsylvania Motor Police, 1937-39. He received the Meritorious Medal of Pennsylvania by Governor George JH. Earl for service in “leading a great program for highway safety.” He was also decorated with the Order of the Crown of Belgium by King Albert in 1919; the Distinguished Service Medal for performance of duty in World War I. He was a Mason, a Democrat and an Episcopalian. He authored “Electric Propultion of Battleships.”
He died on June 23, 1961 and was buried in Section 2 of Arlington National Cemetery. His wife, Genevieve Clary Foote (1881-1969) is buried with him.
FOOTE, GENEVIEVE C WIDOW OF PERCY WRIGHT
- DATE OF BIRTH: 12/06/1881
- DATE OF DEATH: 07/27/1969
- DATE OF INTERMENT: 07/30/1969
- BURIED AT: SECTION Z SITE 3676 RH
- ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
- WIFE OF PW FOOTE – RADM USN
FOOTE, PERCY WRIGHT
R/ADM US NAVY
- VETERAN SERVICE DATES: Unknown
- DATE OF BIRTH: 08/13/1879
- DATE OF DEATH: 06/23/1961
- DATE OF INTERMENT: 06/30/1961
- BURIED AT: SECTION 2 SITE 3676 LH
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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