George C. Remey

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George Collier Remey
RADM George C. Remey.JPG
Born (1841-08-10)August 10, 1841
Burlington, Iowa
Died February 10, 1928(1928-02-10) (aged 86)
Washington, D.C.
Place of burial Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch Seal of the United States Department of the Navy.svg United States Navy
Years of service 1859–1903
Rank USN Rear Admiral rank insignia.jpg Rear Admiral
Commands held Marblehead
Enterprise
Charleston
Asiatic Squadron
Battles/wars American Civil War
Spanish–American War
Former residence of George C. Remey located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

George Collier Remey (10 August 1841 – 10 February 1928) was a rear admiral of the United States Navy, serving in the Civil War and the Spanish–American War.

Biography[edit]

Remey was born at Burlington, Iowa, and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1859. Initially assigned to the sloop USS Hartford on the Asiatic Station, he returned to the United States with the outbreak of the Civil War and served in the gunboat Marblehead during the Peninsular Campaign, March–July 1862; and, afterward, in the blockade of Charleston. In April 1863, he assumed duties as Executive Officer in the screw sloop Canandaigua and during attacks on Fort Wagner briefly commanded Marblehead. From 23 August to 7 September, he commanded a battery of naval guns on Morris Island, and on the night of 7–8 September led the second division of a boat attack on Fort Sumter, the division made shore, but was smashed by gunfire. Remey and the surviving members of his party were forced to surrender. Following 13 months of imprisonment at Columbia, S.C., Remey was exchanged and returned to duty, serving in the sidewheel steamship De Soto until the end of the war.

In 1866, he saw service off the west coast of South America; in 1870-71, he participated in the Tehuantepec Survey Expedition. After commanding the screw sloop Enterprise and service in the Mediterranean, he was appointed captain in 1885. Four years later he assumed command of the protected cruiser Charleston, flagship of the Pacific Squadron.

Commandant of the Portsmouth Navy Yard at the outbreak of the Spanish–American War, he was ordered to take charge of the Naval Base Key West, whence he directed the supply and repair of all naval forces in Cuban waters and organized supply lines to Army forces in Cuba. After peace returned, Rear Admiral Remey resumed duties at the Portsmouth Navy Yard; in April 1900, he assumed command of the Asiatic Station and for the next two years guided the ships of that station through the diplomatic and military chaos that was China. He then returned to the United States and served for a year as Chairman of the Lighthouse Board before retiring on 10 August 1903. Rear Admiral Remey died at Washington, D.C. on 10 February 1928.

Namesake[edit]

In 1943, the destroyer USS Remey (DD-688) was named in his honor.

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Military offices
Preceded by
John C. Watson
Commander, Asiatic Squadron
19 April 1900–1 March 1902
Succeeded by
Frederick Rodgers