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First Name: James

Last Name: Entwistle

Birthplace: Paterson, NJ, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)


Date of Birth: 08 July 1837

Date of Death: 23 March 1910

Rank or Rate: Rear Admiral

Years Served:
James Entwistle

•  American Civil War (1861 - 1865)
•  Spanish-American War (1898)


James Entwistle
Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy

James Entwistle was born on 8 July 1837 in Paterson, NJ. He was educated at the local schools in Paterson. He entered the U.S. Navy at the beginning of the Civil War and was placed in the engineering service.

His first sea service was aboard the gunboat USS Aroostook in the Western Gulf Squadron under Farragut. He later served on 21 other vessels stationed all over the world. He was on board the USS Ashuelot when that ship was wrecked in Chinese waters in 1863. During the U.S. Civil War, one of his main assignments was the blockade of Mobile.

He was Inspector of Machinery at the Bath (Maine) Iron Works from 1890-95 while construction of the harbor defense ram USS Katahdin was in progress. The gunboats USS Machias and USS Castine were also built at Bath while he was in charge. His next assignment was as Assistant to the General Inspector at the Morgan Iron Works in New York while the ships Atlanta, Boston, Chicago and Dolphin were being built. He joined the Asiatic Squadron in Yokohama in 1897.

During the Spanish-American War Entwistle especially distinguished himself in several of the important battles at sea. He was one of the heroes of the Battle of Manila Bay on 1 May 1898 and was highly commended by Admiral Dewey. He was awarded the Dewey Medal and was recommended by the Secretary of the Navy and a Board of Officers for advance for his meritorious service in the Battle. As a result, he was promoted to Rear Admiral in April 1899 and retired the same year after reaching the age limit.

Death and Burial

Rear Admiral James Entwistle died on 23 March 1910. He is buried at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in Paterson, NJ.

Honoree ID: 2473   Created by: MHOH




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