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Admiral Victor BLUE

by William Coxe, © Dec 2003

BLUE, Victor
(1865 - 1928)

Graduate of US Naval Academy. Instructor of English at the Naval Academy. Saw action in China during Boxer Rebellion, commended for actions in Spanish American War for Intelligence missions behind enemy lines in Cuba. Chief of Navigation US Navy. Commanded Battleship USS Texas from 1916-1919 including duty with the British North Sea Fleet. Represented USA in accepting surrender of German Grand Fleet. Died in 1928 while en route to hospital for check-up for Angina. By his request, he was buried in Marion, instead of Arlington National Cemetery, with full Military Honors. Governor ordered flags to be flown at half-mast when the body was returned home. In 1937, the Destroyer USS Victor Blue was named in his honor. The USS Victor Blue, sunk in the Pacific during WWII, was replaced by the Destroyer USS Blue, named for Victor and his son Lt. Cdr. John Stuart Blue, jointly.

Victor Blue was the son of Anne Maria Evans and Col. (CSA) John Gilcrest Blue, the grandson of General William Evans and Sarah Ann Godbold, the great-grandson of Nathan Evans II and Elizabeth Rogers.

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