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RADM Albert Gustav Winterhalter
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Birth: Oct. 5, 1856
Detroit
Wayne County
Michigan, USA
Death: Jun. 5, 1920
District Of Columbia, USA

Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy

Albert Gustav Winterhalter was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy from the First Congressional District of Michigan, graduating in 1877.

In 1898, as Flag Lieutenant to Rear Admiral J.M. Miller, Commander-in-Chief Pacific Station, Winterhalter personally arranged the hoisting of the American flag at the ceremonies attending the transfer of sovereignty of the Hawaiian Islands to the U.S. He assumed command of the gunboat Elcano in 1902 and of the gunboat Paducah in 1905.

As Aid for Material in 1914-15, he was a principal Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy and an ex-officio voting member of the General Board of the Navy. He took Command of the U.S. Asiatic Fleet on 11 July 1915 and ranked as a four-star Admiral for the duration of his tour, reverting to his permanent rank of Rear Admiral upon relinquishing command in 1917.

Winterhalter spent much of his career in scientific posts. He was assigned to the U.S. Naval Observatory from January 1885 to November 1889, during which time he served as the U.S. Delegate to the International Astrophotographic Congress at Paris, France, and visited the principal observatories of Europe. His report on the tour was published in 1889. He was also responsible for the Naval Observatory Exhibit at the Chicago World's Fair in 1893. He was Hydrographer of the Navy from May 1908 to January 1910.

In 1916, Winterhalter conducted experiments aboard USS Washington (ACR-11) to evaluate acoustic ranging techniques. He sailed Washington on different courses relative to a lightship that was transmitting radio waves and air- and water-mediated sound waves, and found that submarine sound waves were a more reliable guide than air-mediated sound. This was the first attempt to determine distance using acoustics, and a similar technique was later used for hydrographic surveys.

Winterhalter lost an eye to an archery accident in 1877, the same year he graduated from the Academy. He could speak or read eleven languages by the time he was appointed to Command the Asiatic Fleet.

Dates of Rank

Cadet Midshipman 24 September 1873
Midshipman 18 June 1877
Ensign - July 10, 1880
Lieutenant (j.g.) 14 December 1886
Lieutenant 30 June 1892
Lieutenant-Commander - unknown
Commander 1 July 1905
Captain - unknown
Rear Admiral - unknown
Admiral 11 July 1915

While stationed in San Francisco in 1896, he married Broadway actress Helen Dauvray, with whom he is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. She died on 3 December 1923.

Bio compiled by Charles A. Lewis
 
 
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  Helen Gibson Winterhalter (1862 - 1923)
 
Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
 
Created by: Charles A. Lewis
Record added: Aug 15, 2011
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RADM Albert Gustav Winterhalter
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- R I P
 Added: Sep. 20, 2016
Thank you for your great service in preserving our country's freedoms. I will honor you in the only way that I can . . . by remembering you always. May you rest in peace knowing that you truly embodied the ideals of "Duty, Honor, Country."
- Charles A. Lewis
 Added: Aug. 15, 2011
 
 
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