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Naval officer

Charles Vernon Gridley, American naval officer.


Gridley, Charles Vernon was born on November 24, 1844 in Logansport, Indiana, United States. Son of Franklin and Ann (Sholes) Gridley.


Graduated from the United States Naval Academy, 1863.


Took part in Battle of Mobile Bay, 1864. Commissioned Lieutenant, assigned to South Pacilic Squadron 1867. Assigned to ship Michigan on Great Lakes, 1870-1873, to South Atlantic stations, 1873-1874.

Instructor United States Naval Academy, 1875-1879. Promoted commander, 1882. Navigation officer Boston Navy Yard, 1882-1884.

Commanded vessels Jamestown and Portsmouth, 1884-1886, cruiser Marion, 1892-1894. Commissioned captain, 1897, commanded receiving ship Richmond. Commanded Olympia, flagship of Commodore (later Admiral) Dewey in Asiatic Squadron, 1897, received Dewey’s order “You may fire when ready, Gridley,” in Battle of Manila Bay, 1898.

A destroyer named in his honor, 1918.


Married Harriet Frances Vincent, May 1, 1872, 3 children including Ruth.

Franklin Gridley

Ann (Sholes) Gridley

Harriet Frances Vincent