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VADM Adolphus Andrews, Sr
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Birth: Oct. 7, 1879
Texas, USA
Death: Jun. 19, 1948
Harris County
Texas, USA

The 3-starred flag of Vice-Admiral Adolphus Andrews, the Dallas man who ran the Navy's war against Nazi subs on the Atlantic Coast, was struck forever Saturday.

He died in the U. S. Naval Hospital at Houston.

Death came after a long illness, to the handsome, 69-year-old man who had been naval aide to three United States Presidents. When Adolphus Andrews entered Annapolis, he was the youngest midshipman in his class. At 38, he was the younges captain in the Navy. He had held almost every high Navy post except Chief of Naval Operations.

Since retiring because of age in 1943, he had headed the Andrews Investment Company in Dallas and the Waples-Platter Company of Texas. He held a dozen other important business directorates.

Funeral services will be held at 4 p. m. Monday at St. Matthews' Cathedral. Burial will be in Oak Cliff Cemetery.

When he retired, Adolphus Andrews had served the Navy for forty-eight years, although he hadn't aimed at a naval career in the first place. He wanted to go to Yale, but when he was graduated from Oak Cliff High School he was only 15, and his father decided he was too young to go East, so the boy went to the University of Texas in Austin. While there, he got a telegram from his father to come home and take a competitive exam for appointment to the naval academy.

"I didn't even know where Annapolis was," Andrews recalled later.

He packed a set of books and intended to study for the examination on the train. After awhile, he became bored and decided to throw the whole thing over. He had a biography of Andrew Jackson with him, and spent the rest of the evening reading it.

When he took the examination, he found that the first question was a detailed one about Andrew Jackson.

Young Andrews got the appointment and
finished Annapolis in 1901.

For a time, he served aboard the U. S. S. Dolphin, a yacht assigned to the Secretary of the Navy, and at the White House under President Theodore Roosevelt as junior naval aide. He asked and got in 1908 command of a river gunboat, the U. S. S. Villalobos, on the China station where reputations were made or broken in those chaotic days.

By 1918, he was the youngest captain in the navy and commanding officer of the battleship Massachusetts. By 1931, he was chief of staff of the Naval War College. By 1934, he was chief of staff of the United States fleet. He became chief of the important Bureau of Navigation, now the Bureau of Naval Personnel, in 1935, and a vice-admiral and commander of the fleet scouting force, with seventeen heavy cruisers, thirty other ships, 200 flying boats, and 50,000 men under him, in 1938.

In the meantime, he had been naval aide to Prince Axel of Denmark during the latter's visit to the United States in World War I days. He was commander of the Presidential yacht, the Mayflower, and senior naval aide to Presidents Harding and Coolidge. He represented the United States at the Geneva Preparatory Commission on the Limitation of Armaments in 1926 and 1927.

From 1929 to 1931, Andrews was commanding officer of the U. S. S. Texas, the battleship which now rests in the Houston ship channel.

When World War II came, Andrews was old for a combat command. He took charge, nevertheless, of the Eastern Sea Frontier with headquarters in New York and started to fight the German submarine fleet with "about three planes, some small craft, and a lot of fine but inexperienced men from Cornell."

He earned there the Distinguished Service Medal.

After he retired in 1943, he headed the manpower survey board of the Navy and was a member of the Pearl Harbor Court of Inquiry. In June 1945, he went to the Pacific and stayed for almost a year as Red Cross Commissioner.

At the time of his death, he was a director of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railway, the Texas Bank & Trust Company, the Kansas City Wholesale Grocery Company of Kansas City, Mo., and the Bird Shankle Corporation of San Antonio.

He was a member of the New York City University Club, the Dallas Downtown Club, the Fort Worth Club, the Alibi Club, and the Metropolitan Club and Cevy Chase Country Clubs of Washington, D.C.

He is survived by his wife, the former Berenice [sic] W. Platter of Denison; a daughter, Mrs. Frances A. Dillingham of Honolulu, T. H.; a son, Adolpus Andrews, Jr. of Fort Worth, and three grandchildren.

Dallas News

D. cert: body sent to Dallas, Texas. Oak Cliff Cemetery records state he is buried in this cemetery. No evidence or record of his grave having been removed. No stone. Son of Adolphus R. and Caroline Louise (Davis).

Grave designation is Sec. Old 2 Lot 85 in the Andrews Family Plot.
Family links: 
  Adolphus Rutherford Andrews (1831 - 1900)
  Lula Caroline Davis Andrews (1853 - 1932)
  Lula Andrews Clark (1878 - 1954)*
  Adolphus Andrews (1879 - 1948)
*Calculated relationship
Oak Cliff Cemetery
Dallas County
Texas, USA
Plot: Sec. Old 2 Lot 85
Created by: Carol Moore
Record added: Sep 18, 2010
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