Herbert O. Dunn

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Herbert O. Dunn : biography

1857 – 1939

Herbert Omar Dunn (1857–1939) was a Rear Admiral of the United States Navy.


In 1877, as a cadet, Dunn sailed on the sloop-of-war on a voyage to the South Atlantic.

Appointed ensign on 12 March 1881, Dunn was successively promoted to Lieutenant (junior grade) on 1 July 1887, lieutenant on 17 February 1893, and lieutenant commander on 1 July 1900.

By 1917, in the middle of the Great War, and now a vice-admiral, he was appointed the first commander of U.S. naval forces stationed at the U.S. Naval Base at Ponta Delgada, Azores. Dunn distinguished himself with the help he provided to the civil population when the great 1918 flu pandemic killed 2,000 people on the island.

In 1919 Dunn was in put in charge of an inquiry of homosexual activities among naval personnel at Newport, Rhode Island Navy bases.

Dunn retired in 1921 with the rank of Rear Admiral, and died in Baltimore on March 6, 1939.

File:RADM Herbert O. Dunn, 1915.jpg|Dunn as a Captain in 1915