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First Name: Frank

Last Name: Schofield

Birthplace: Jerusalem, NY, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)


Middle Name: Herman

Date of Birth: 04 January 1869

Date of Death: 21 March 1942

Rank or Rate: Rear Admiral

Years Served: 1890-1933
Frank Herman Schofield

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


Frank Herman Schofield

Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy

Frank Herman Schofield was born in Jerusalem, NY, on 4 January 1869. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy on 6 June 1890 and was commissioned Ensign in 1892. During the Spanish-American War, he served as Executive Officer of the USS Hawk, participating in the blockade of Cuban ports and in the capture of four enemy ships.

Between 1898 and 1917, he served in various capacities afloat and ashore including duty in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations and a brief position as acting Governor of Guam from 11-28 January 1904. During this time, while commanding the USS Supply he reported seeing "three meteors which he says appeared near the horizon and below the clouds, traveling in a group directly toward the Supply," which has been interpreted by some as an early UFO observation.

After American entry into World War I, he was ordered to London, where he served on the staff of Commander, U.S. Naval Forces, European Waters until December 1918. He then assumed duties on the U.S. Naval Advisory Staff to the Peace Commission in Paris.

Awarded the Navy Cross for his World War I and Peace Commission service, he was detached from the Naval Advisory Staff in May 1919 and, in July, returned to sea duty as Commanding Officer of the battleship USS Texas.

During the 1920s, he served on the General Board from 1921-23; was promoted to Rear Admiral in 1924; commanded Destroyer Squadrons, Battle Fleet, from 1924-26; headed the War Plans Division of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations from 1926-29; was a member of the Naval Advisory Staff, Geneva Conference in 1927; and commanded Battleship Division 4, Battle Fleet in 1929.

In 1930, he was commissioned Commander-in-Chief, Battle Force, with the temporary rank of four-star Admiral. In 1932, he reverted to his permanent rank of Rear Admiral, and served on the General Board until his 64th birthday in 1933, when he retired from the Navy after 47 years of service.


In 1963, the guided missile escort USS Schofield was named in his honor.

Death and Burial

Rear Admiral Herman Schofield died on 21 March 1942 at Bethesda, MD. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA, in Section 6, Site 5690.

Honoree ID: 641   Created by: MHOH




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