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First Name: Charles

Last Name: Gridley

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Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)

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Middle Name: Vernon



Date of Birth: 24 November 1844

Date of Death: 05 June 1898

Rank or Rate: Captain

Years Served:
Charles Vernon Gridley

   
Engagements:
•  Spanish-American War (1898)

Biography:

Charles Vernon Gridley
Captain, U.S. Navy

Charles Vernon Gridley was born on 24 November 1844.

During the Spanish-American War, Gridley served as Captain of Admiral George Dewey's flagship USS Olympia. At the start of the Battle of Manila Bay, Admiral Dewey commanded Captain Gridley to commence his bombardment of Spanish ships with the words "You May Fire When Ready, Gridley." The phrase, widely reported by American newspapers, became a popular catch-phrase.

Death and Burial

Captain Charles Vernon Gridley died on 5 June 1898 in Kobe, Japan. He is buried at Lakeside Cemetery in Erie, PA.



Honoree ID: 2576   Created by: MHOH

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