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Adm Francis Marvin Bunce
Birth: Dec. 25, 1836
Hartford
Hartford County
Connecticut, USA
Death: Oct. 19, 1901
Hartford
Hartford County
Connecticut, USA

US Navy Rear Admiral. Bunce was appointed an Acting Midshipman in 1852 and was graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1857. He became a Passed Midshipman on June 23, 1860, and reached the grade of Master on November 24, 1860. On April 11, 1861, he was commissioned a Lieutenant and in 1862 he was made the chief executive officer of the Penobscot. His service in the Civil War from that time on was continuous until the end of the war. While he was on the Penobscot the vessel took part in an engagement with Confederate forces at Yorktown, Virginia. After taking part in the engagements at Forts Fisher and Caswell he commanded a successful expedition up the Little River, between North and South Carolina. Bunce, now a Lt. Commander was attached to the monitor Patapsco, and took part in all the actions in the siege of Charleston and in the night attack on Fort Sumter. In November 1863, while in action with the Patapsco, he was wounded by the premature exploding of a cartridge. In January 1865, he was ordered to the staff of Admiral Dahlgren as "chief of scouts" and served in that capacity until April 6, 1865. In September 1865, he took command of the monitor Monadnock and took her from Philadelphia to San Francisco demonstrating the ability of monitors to take extended voyages. For this feat, considered at the time as wonderful as the Oregon's voyage from San Francisco to Key West in the Spanish American war, was considered in 1898, he was thanked by the Secretary of the Navy, and by the same officer recommended to the President for citation. He received his commission as Commander on November 7, 1871, and as Captain on March 1, 1895. On February 12, 1890 Captain Bunce was assigned to the naval station at New London, Connecticut. Later he commanded the new naval training squadron, with the Richmond being his flagship. In 1895, although he had only recently been promoted to Commodore he was selected to command the North Atlantic Squadron, although the position was a much sought after one. At the end of that assignment he was transferred to the Brooklyn Navy Yard. While at the yard he was in charge of the supervision of the conversion of many fast ships and yachts for use as warships in the war with Spain. Admiral Bunce retired December 25, 1896 and at the time of his death was the highest ranking officer in the Navy. (bio by: Saratoga) 
 
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 Parents:
  James Marvin Bunce (1806 - 1859)
  Frances Ann Brace Bunce (1805 - 1838)
 
 Spouse:
  Mary Elizabeth Bull Bunce (1839 - 1907)*
 
 Children:
  Anna Rogers Bunce (1872 - 1873)*
  Lucy Brace Bunce Day (1873 - 1916)*
 
 Siblings:
  Jonathan Brace Bunce (1832 - 1912)*
  James Russell Bunce (1834 - 1840)*
  Francis Marvin Bunce (1836 - 1901)
  William Gedney Bunce (1840 - 1916)**
  James Russell Bunce (1842 - 1874)**
  Frances Bunce Ryce (1844 - 1920)**
  Russell Bunce (1846 - 1874)**
  Alfred C Bunce (1851 - 1928)**
  James Russell Bunce (1872 - 1874)**
  E M Huntington Bunce (1874 - 1874)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Cedar Hill Cemetery
Hartford
Hartford County
Connecticut, USA
Plot: 116 Section V.
 
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Originally Created by: Saratoga
Record added: Jun 08, 2011
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Adm Francis Marvin Bunce
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