Gorgeous Rare 1906 U.s. Naval Academy Diploma For Future Commander, Bronze Star
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Gorgeous Rare 1906 U.s. Naval Academy Diploma For Future Commander, Bronze Star:
A 1 page large folio diploma on vellum from the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Sept. 12, 1906 for John Whitlow Wetherell Cumming. Very good condition, folded with a few tiny holes at the horizontal fold, mounting traces on the verso. A beautifully engraved document with a bright gold seal. It is bright and clear despite what the photos indicate due to poor lighting. These diplomas do not come on the market often. The document is signed by the Superintendent, 10 professors and the secretary. The signers and their biographies are listed below.
James H. Sands (1845-1911). Officer in the United States Navy during the American Civil War and eventually became Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy. During the American Civil War, he served in Tuscarora, Juniata, and Shenandoah and, in the years that followed, in USS Hartford and Richmond. He was part of the blockading fleet during the Civil War, which for a time was commanded by his father, and was present at the evacuation of Charleston; he also participated in both attacks on Fort Fisher, for which he was cited for gallantry in action, and twice recommended for promotion.
G.P. Colvocoresses. Lt. Cmdr. and executive officer, USS Concord at Battle of Manila Bay
Albert Weston Grant (1856-1930). Admiral of the United States Navy during World War I. Following service in USS Pensacola, Lackawanna, Alliance, Passaic, and Iroquois, he served ashore at the Norfolk Navy Yard, received torpedo training, and served briefly at the Naval War College. Transferred to Machias on September 8, 1898, Grant was serving in her when promoted to lieutenant commander on July 1, 1900, a month before orders sent him back to the Academy for two more years as an instructor. Three years of service in the Far East followed — as executive officer of Oregon and then as commanding officer of that battleship[dubious – discuss] — before he returned to Annapolis where he was promoted to commander and placed in charge of the Seamanship Department. During this assignment, he prepared a study of naval tactics, The School of the Ship, which became a standard textbook. On July 22, 1907, Grant reported to the Naval War College for instruction and, upon completing the course in the autumn, assumed command of the Arethusa, which was the fuel tender to the Great White Fleet's destroyer flotilla. Grant took the Arethusa around Cape Horn to the Pacific. Detached on the last day of March 1908, he embarked in Connecticut as chief of staff to the Commander of the Atlantic Fleet. During that tour of duty, he was promoted to captain on July 1, 1909. He relinquished his post as chief of staff on October 26, 1909, but remained in Connecticut as her commanding officer. Grant became commandant of the Philadelphia Navy Yard on March 21, 1910 and simultaneously took command of the 4th Naval District. Two years later, he became head of the Atlantic Reserve Fleet. Command of the new battleship Texas came in 1913 and command of Submarine Flotilla, Atlantic Fleet, followed two years later. In the summer of 1917 — some three months after the United States entered World War I — Grant took over Battleship Force 1, Atlantic Fleet, with additional duty in command of Squadron 2 and Division 4. This position gave him the rank of vice admiral. December 1918 brought him command of the Atlantic Fleet. The following spring, he became commandant of the Washington Navy Yard and superintendent of the Naval Gun Factory.
Thomas Benton Howard (1854-1920) was an admiral in the United States Navy. He served as commander in chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet prior to United States entry into World War I.William C.P. Muir. Commander USN, author of A Treatise on Navigation and Nautical Astronomy, Including the Theory of Compass Deviations
John K. Barton (1853-1921), Rear Admiral USN
William Woodbury Hendrickson (1844-1920). Ensign during the Civil War, longtime professor of mathematics at Annapolis.
Nathaniel M. Terry. Professor of physics who headed the first wireless team at the academy.
Edward K. Rawson. Author of several books on the Navy
Harry Mcl. P. Huse (1858-1942). Medal of Honor winner for Vera Cruz. Promoted to the rank of Commander in 1907, Huse was commanding officer of the monitor Nevada and later of the supply ship Celtic. After his next promotion, to Captain late in 1909, he was Captain of the Yard at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, commanded the battleship Vermont, attended the Naval War College and, in 1914-1915, was Chief of Staff to Rear Admiral Frank Friday Fletcher. As a result of his conduct during the landings at Vera Cruz, Mexico, in April 1914, Captain Huse was awarded the Medal of Honor. Huse reached the Rank of Rear Admiral in mid-1916, while at the War College. He held Navy Department positions through the World War I years, followed in 1919 by command of the Atlantic Training Fleet. From late 1919 to early 1921 he served abroad, initially as senior U.S. Navy representative on the Allied Naval Armistice Commission and the Naval Inter-Allied Commission of Control, then as Commander, U.S. Naval Forces in European Waters, with the temporary rank of Vice Admiral. After returning to the United States he was Commandant of the Third Naval District, headquartered at New York City, and as a member of the Navy's General Board. Rear Admiral Huse left active duty in December 1922, later receiving the retirement rank of Vice Admiral.
Thomas P. Magruder (1867-1938). Rear Admiral USN
The acting professor of mechanics cannot be readily identified.
John Whitlow Wetherell Cumming (1883-1969) served as executive officer of the USS Prometheus off France in World War I. He was executive of the USS Houston off of China in 1931, and won the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service as Convoy Commodore, from January 12, 1942 to May 8, 1945, in World War II. This convoy duty took him to Australia, New Caledonia, South Atlantic Ocean, North Africa, England and France. His photo in uniform can be found in Findagrave dot com.
NOTE: In case you are wondering, I listed this once before a couple of weeks ago. The high buyer said his wife would be extraordinarily upset with him if he spent all that money on an autograph and he asked me to cancel the sale, which I was pleased to do. The underbuyer had, in the meantime, bought something else and couldn’t afford both items. The third underbuyer never responded. So, we’ll try again.