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Naval officer

Victor Blue, American naval officer. Awarded Distinguished Service Medal “for exceptionally meritorious service” in North Sea; decorated Commander Order of Leopold, by King of Belgium. Served in Quinnebaug, 1887-1889, Pensacola, 1889-1891.

Background

Blue, Victor was born on December 6, 1865 in Richmond Company, North Carolina, United States. Son of John G. and Annie M. (Evans) Blue.

Education

Graduated from the United States Naval Academy, 1887.

Career

Lieutenant Blue was advanced five numbers for intelligence missions in Cuba during the Spanish–American War. He served on the Suwanee, and attracted general attention in June, 1898, by penetrating 72 miles (116 km) within the Spanish lines in the vicinity of Santiago, Cuba, and definitely determining for the first time the presence of the Spanish fleet in Santiago harbor. He commanded the Alvarado, a gunboat captured from the Spanish, in the attack upon Manzanillo, became Flag lieutenant in the Pacific Squadron, and served in the Philippines in 1900–01.

From the ranks of inspector of ordnance, held in 1905–07, he was promoted until he became commander in 1909 and in 1910 chief of staff in the Pacific Fleet. Soon thereafter he was transferred to duty on the General Board of the Navy Department. He served as Chief of the Bureau of Navigation (1913–16 and 1919).

Under Admiral Beatty he commanded Texas (BB-35) in the North Sea during her service with the 6th Battle Squadron. He was made rear-admiral on April 1, 1919. Rear Admiral Blue was retired in June, 1919, because of disability received in line of duty.

He died 22 January 1928. In 1937, the destroyer USS Blue (DD-387) was named in his honor. United States awards.

Membership

Served in Quinnebaug, 1887-1889, Pensacola, 1889-1891.

Connections

Married Eleanor Foote Stuart, October 17, 1899.

father:
John G. Blue

mother:
Annie M. (Evans) Blue

spouse:
Eleanor Foote Stuart