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First Name: Edward

Last Name: Eberle

Birthplace: Denton, TX, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)


Middle Name: Walter

Date of Birth: 17 August 1864

Date of Death: 06 July 1929

Rank or Rate: Admiral

Years Served: 1885 - 1928
Edward Walter Eberle

Graduate, U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1885

•  Spanish-American War (1898)
•  World War I (1914 - 1918)


Edward Walter Eberle

Admiral, U.S. Navy

Edward Walter Eberle was born on 17 August 1864 in Denton, TX, and was reared at Fort Smith, AR. He entered the U.S. Naval Academy on 28 September 1881 and graduated on 5 June 1885.

Following the two years of sea service-spent in screw sloops-of-war USS Mohican and Shenandoah and in steamer USS Ranger-then required before commissioning, Eberle was promoted to Ensign on 1 July 1887. Brief duty in Washington, DC, in the late summer and early autumn preceded his reporting to USS Albatross on 22 November 1887 to begin three years of duty in that Fishing Commission steamer.

Following leave from 22 November 1890 to 28 January 1891, he received instruction in new developments in naval ordnance at the Washington Navy Yard while awaiting orders for sea duty. Here, he demonstrated an interest in and an aptitude for naval gunnery which ever after was central to his career.

On 20 March, he reported to USS Lancaster and, in the veteran screw sloop-of-war, steamed across the Atlantic and Indian Oceans to the Far East. A year and a half later, while still in the Far East, he was transferred to the sailing sloop-of-war Marion to close out this tour of duty in Asiatic waters. He returned to the U.S. in the summer of 1894 and reported for duty at the Naval Academy on 20 August.

In the waning days of his service at the Academy, Eberle's commission as Lieutenant (J.G.), arrived on 12 June 1896, only to be followed a week later by orders sending him across the continent to San Francisco where USS Oregon (Battleship No. 3) was being completed.

Spanish-American War

Eberle reported for duty on 10 July, five days before the new battleship was first placed in commission, and he was placed in charge of her forward gun turret. Oregon was still operating along the Pacific coast in the spring of 1898 when Congress declared war on Spain. She promptly won great renown by her race south from Puget Sound to Cape Horn and then north to the Caribbean to join American forces blockading Cuba.

Eberle distinguished himself during the Battle of Santiago de Cuba by the outstanding performance of his turret in its duel with Spanish cruiser Cristobal Colon and, later, in its bombardment of Spanish troop concentrations at Caimanera.

From this time on, Eberle reportedly enjoyed the favor of powerful officers in the Navy. His promotion to Lieutenant came on 3 March 1899, some three months before he was detached from Oregon and transferred to USS Baltimore in which he served as Flag Lieutenant of the Asiatic Squadron. Late in the summer, Eberle returned to Annapolis to become Aide-de-Camp to the Superintendent of the Naval Academy. Besides carrying out the duties of that position, he busied himself in studying ordnance and in writing manuals for the use of guns and torpedoes and for the operation of wireless communication by warships.

A year in USS Indiana (Battleship No. 1) on training duty ended in September 1902 when Eberle became Aide-de-Camp to the Commandant of the New York Navy Yard. Six months later, he was named Rear Admiral Albert S. Barker's Flag Lieutenant and, during this two-year tour with the Commander-in-Chief of the Atlantic Fleet, he earned his commission as a Lieutenant Commander.

Eberle received a number of choice assignments: instructor at the Naval War College; Executive Officer of USS Louisiana; and Commandant of the San Francisco Naval Training Station with collateral duty as Commanding Officer of USS Pensacola. During the latter tour, he was promoted to Commander on 15 December 1908.

World War I

He earned a Captain's commission which arrived on 1 July 1912. He attended the short course at the Naval War College in 1913; and command of USS Washington and, later, of the Naval Gun Factory at Washington, DC, preceded Eberle's appointment as Superintendent of the Naval Academy on 1 September 1915. After overseeing the Academy during the period of World War I when the need for officers brought the problems of acceleration, he left Annapolis on 30 January 1919 to Command the Battleship Divisions of the Atlantic Fleet.

On 30 June 1921, Eberle took command of the Pacific Fleet and on 5 July 1921 was promoted to the four-star rank of Admiral. Some two years later, on 17 July 1923, he became Chief of Naval Operations and held the office until relieved by Admiral Charles F. Hughes on 14 November 1927. During the years he held this post, he reportedly fought to minimize the adverse effect upon the Navy of arms limitations negotiations and from Congressional thrift, hurried the completion of aircraft carriers USS Lexington and Saratoga, and upheld the Navy's right to maintain its own air arm.

After relinquishing the duties of Chief of Naval Operations, Eberle served on the General Board until he retired. Eberle retired from the U.S. Navy on 9 August 1928.


The ships, USS Admiral E. W. Eberle (AP-123) and USS Eberle (DD-430), were named in his honor.

Death and Burial

Admiral Edward Walter Eberle died in Washington, DC, on 6 July 1929. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA, in Section 6.

Honoree ID: 503   Created by: MHOH




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