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 Louis Kempff

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Louis Kempff

Birth
Belleville, St. Clair County, Illinois, USA
Death 29 Jul 1920 (aged 78)
Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, California, USA
Burial Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA
Plot 36
Memorial ID 25966609 View Source
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US Navy Admiral. A native of Illinois, Kempff entered the United States Naval Academy in 1857 but left with the outbreak of the Civil War to volunteer for immediate service in the Union Navy. In 1862, he received his commission to the rank of Lieutenant and continued to serve with distinction throughout the rest of the war. At war's end, he was promoted to Lieutenant Commander and remained in the Navy serving aboard several vessels. By 1899, he was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral and a year later was assigned to the position of Commander-in-chief of the Navy's Asiatic Fleet, a post he held until 1902. With the coming of the Boxer Rebellion in China, Admiral Kempff was ordered in May of 1900 to join with forces from several other nations in China. On June 16, 1900, the Allied naval forces began a bombardment of the Taku Forts. As the senior American officer and under previous orders to avoid hostilities with the Chinese, Kempff refused to allow American ships to join in the bombardment and as a result earned the praise of his superiors. Kempff retired from the Navy at the rank of Rear Admiral in 1903.

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  • Originally Created by: G.Photographer
  • Added: 13 Apr 2008
  • Find a Grave Memorial 25966609
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/25966609/louis-kempff : accessed ), memorial page for Louis Kempff (11 Oct 1841–29 Jul 1920), Find a Grave Memorial ID 25966609, citing Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave .