USS Strong Emblem courtesy of Jack Courtney ET 2/C USNR
Admiral James H. Strong
South Atlantic Squadron 1873-1875
| James H. Strong
was born in Canandaigua, NY on 26 April 1814.
On February 2, 1829, while a student in the
Polytechnic College at Chittenango, NY, he was appointed a Midshipman in the United States
Navy. He made his first cruise on the Brazil station in Lexington from 1833 to
1835. After various cruises, he commanded the store ship Relief in 1859.
At the Battle of Mobile Bay, he was the first to ram the Confederate ironclad Tennessee and received high commendation for his initiative and valor.
Strong served at the Brooklyn
Navy Yard in 1866 and 1867 and later commanded Canandaigua in the Mediterranean Squadron
in 1869 and 1870. He was promoted to Rear Admiral in Sept. 1873 and served as
Commander-in-Chief of the South Atlantic Squadron from 1873 to 1875.
The U.S.S. Strong (DD467) was
the first U.S. Naval Vessel to bear the name of Admiral Strong and was lost in the South
Pacific in 1943.