|Birth: ||Feb. 23, 1861|
New Jersey, USA
|Death: ||Jan. 30, 1954|
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
United States Navy Admiral.
Chicago Tribune (IL) - January 31, 1954
ADM. WILSON DIES; REFUSED FRENCH HONOR
Key Figure in False Armistice Report
Deceased Name: Adm. Henry Braid Wilson
New York, Jan. 30 [Special] -- Adm. Henry Braid Wilson, 92, retired, who commanded United States naval forces in French waters in World War I and had a key role in the premature armistice report of Nov. 7, 1918, died here today.
Wilson, oldest retired naval officer of flag rank in the nation, died in St. Vincent's hospital where he had been admitted Jan. 4. His last assignment in active service was the superintendency of Annapolis naval academy, which he held from 1921 to 1925.
Gave Message to Howard
The false armistice incident grew out of a dispatch received Nov. 7, 1918, by Wilson at his headquarters in Brest, France, from the United States embassy in Paris. The dispatch stated that an armistice had been signed at 11 a.m. and that hostilities would cease at 2 p.m.
Regarding the message as official, Wilson released it to his fleet and handed it with permission to publish to Roy W. Howard, then president of the United Press and now president and editor of the New York World-Telegram and Sun.
Howard gave the "news" to the United Press which sent bulletins to its client newspapers in the United States, with the result that a frenzied celebration got under way thruout the country.
Cited Navy Orders
Wilson attracted attention in October, 1919, by refusing the cross of the Legion of Honor offered him by President Poincare of France. He said his work at Brest, which at that time consisted of directing American efforts to drive German submarines from the French coast, could not be regarded as duty under battle conditions and cited a navy regulation forbidding the acceptance of decorations except for acts of war. He was finally persuaded by the navy secretary to accept the honor.
He held the rank of vice admiral thruout World War I and was raised to full admiral in June, 1919, when he was named commander in chief of the Atlantic fleet.
He is survived by his wife, his son, Henry Jr., and his daughter, Mrs. Patrick B. Hurley, wife of the former secretary of war. The funeral will be held Tuesday at the national cemetery, Arlington , Va.
Henry Braid Wilson (1828 - 1898)
Mary Ann Wilson Wilson (1832 - 1924)
Ada Chapman Wilson (1871 - 1963)*
Lucy Braid Wilson (1855 - 1861)*
Henry Braid Wilson (1861 - 1954)
George E. Wilson (1864 - 1872)*
Philip Wilson (1869 - 1949)*
Arlington National Cemetery
Plot: Section 5 Site 7012
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