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First Name: George

Last Name: Remey

Birthplace: Burlington, IA, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)


Middle Name: Collier

Date of Birth: 10 August 1841

Date of Death: 10 February 1928

Rank or Rate: Rear Admiral

Years Served:
George Collier Remey

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


George Collier Remey
Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy

George Collier Remey was born on 10 August 1841 in Burlington, IA.

Remey began his secondary education in 1855 at age 13 when he began his freshman year at the U.S. Navy Academy at Annapolis. He graduated in 1859 and his first assignment was on the sloop-of-war USS Hartford in the Asiatic region which included Japan and China. He next became the Executive Officer of the gunboat USS Marblehead and was involved in the blockade of Charleston during the Civil War. While commanding the naval forces on Morris Island, SC, in August of 1863 he was captured in an ill-fated attempt to attack Fort Wagner and spent thirteen months as a prisoner of war before being exchanged in November of 1864.

After numerous other assignments both in the Pacific and in Washington, DC, he was promoted to Commodore. In 1885 he was promoted to Captain and commanded the cruiser USS Charleston in the U.S. Pacific Squadron from 1889 to 1892. He was then ordered to command the Portsmouth Navy Yard and when the war with Spain began in April of 1898, he was reassigned to command the Navy base at Key West, FL, then the most important Atlantic base during the war. He was responsible not only for the resupply and repair of naval vessels in the blockade of Cuba, but also for the transporting of troops.

In 1898 Remey was promoted to Rear Admiral and was given command of the Asiatic Squadron which, up to that time, was the largest fleet ever commanded by an American Naval officer. After his service in the Far East was concluded, he retired from the Navy on 3 August 1903.

Death and Burial

Rear Admiral George Collier Remey died on 10 February 1928 in Washington, DC. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.

Honoree ID: 2992   Created by: MHOH




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