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VADM Adolphus Andrews, Sr

VADM Adolphus Andrews, Sr

Galveston, Galveston County, Texas, USA
Death 19 Jun 1948 (aged 68)
Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
Burial Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Plot Sec. Old 2 Lot 85
Memorial ID 58869470 · View Source
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Son of Adolphus R Andrews and Larla "Lula" Davis Andrews.

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Adolphus married Berenice Waples Platter. They had a son Adolphus Andrew and a daughter, Frances W. Andrews.

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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 youngest 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
Transcribed by Carol Moore.

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Death 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).

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His home address was 6310 Mercedes Avenue in Dallas, Texas. He died at the U. S. Naval Hospital in Houston, Texas

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Grave designation is Sec. Old 2 Lot 85 in the Andrews Family Plot.

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There is a *Cenotaph" for him (#23725183) in another cemetery in Texas where his wife Bernice (Platter) Andrews who died much later in January 7, 1992 is buried:

It is marked by FAG as Cenotaph only.

Fairview Cemetery *
Grayson County
Texas, USA

*A Cenotaph is a memorial marker erected in honor of a person whose remains lie elsewhere (Oakland Cemetery in Dallas, Texas.)

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1880 Dallas, Dallas, Texas
June 2, 1880

A. R. Andrews, merchant, GA
Lula Andrews, wife, 35, Texas
Lula Andrews, 3 and 6/12, Texas
Adolph Andrews, son, 7/12, Texas

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1900 U.S. Naval Academy, Anne Arundel, Maryland

Adolphus Andrews,20, Naval Cadet



1900 Justice Pct.7, Oak Cliff, Dallas, Texas
June 12, 1900
Married 24 years.
All 5 children still living.
Adolphus' occ: capitalist

Adolphus R. Andrews, Nov 1831, 68,GA
Larla, wife, May 1860, 40, TX
Lula, daughter,Jan 1878, 22, TX
Adolphus, son, Oct 1880, 19, TX
"Bob," son, Nov 1881, 18, TX
Maggie, daughter, Jan 1885, 15, TX
Elizabeth, daughter, May 1894, 6, TX
Two servants are living with them.

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1910 Dallas, Dallas, Texas
April 21, 1910
Lula: five children still living.
Margret: had 2, only 1 still living.
Adolphus: occ. Naval Office U.S.

Lula D. Andrews, head,54, wid,TX LA MS
Adolphus, son,29, TX GA TX
Elizabeth, daughter, 15, TX GA TX
Margret J. Davis,MOTHER, 80, wid,NC NC NC

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1920 Newport, Newport, Rhode Island
Adolphus is a Captain in the Navy

Adolphus Andrews, head,40, TX
Bernice, wife, 30, TX
Frances, daughter, 4, TX
Three servants
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Adolphus and his siblings in birth order:

Larla Andrews 1878-1954
Adolphus Andrews, Sr. 1879-1948
Robert (Bob) Andrews 1881-
Margaret (Maggie) Andrews 1885-1975
Margaret Maggie Law Andrews 1885-1930
Elizabeth Andrews Izard 1894-1984
Elizabeth Andrews ? 1895-
Alma Lucas 1898-

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Name of Child: Frances Waples Andrews
Birth 22 Dec 1915
Dallas, Dallas, Texas
Father: Adolphus Andrews
Mother: Berenice Waples Platter
Place of Birth: 4830 Ross Avenue in Dallas, Texas.
FULL NAME OF FATHER: Adolphus Andrews
Address: U. S. Army, New York
Age at time of this birth: 36
Birthplace: Weatherford, Texas.
Occupation: U S. Army
FULL NAME OF MOTHER: Berenice Waples Platter
Post Office Address: New York City
Age at time of this birth: 27
Birthplace: Denison Texas.
Occupation: Housewife.
Number of children born to this mother including this birth: 1.
Number of children born to this mother and now living: 1.
Informant: Signed by mother, "Berenice P. Andrews, 1129 West Sears Street, Denison Texas."

She also signed the Affidavit that the information she gave is true and correct: "Berenice P. Andrews"

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California Death Records

Mother'S Maiden Name: DAVIS
Alma died 05/03/1982 in LOS ANGELES CO., CALIF

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  • Created by: Carol Moore
  • Added: 18 Sep 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 58869470
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for VADM Adolphus Andrews, Sr (7 Oct 1879–19 Jun 1948), Find A Grave Memorial no. 58869470, citing Oak Cliff Cemetery, Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Carol Moore (contributor 46944791) .