George C. Day

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George Calvin Day
Born(1871-11-08)November 8, 1871
Bradford, Vermont, US
DiedNovember 3, 1940(1940-11-03) (aged 68)
Washington, D.C., US
Place of burial
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service1892–1935
RankRear admiral
Commands heldUSS Preston
Division 7, Torpedo Squadron, Atlantic Fleet
USS Brooklyn
USS America
USS Montana
USS Pennsylvania
Commander, Submarines, Pacific Fleet
Cruiser Division 4
Battles/warsWorld War I
AwardsNavy Cross

George Calvin Day (November 8, 1871 – November 3, 1940) was a rear admiral of the United States Navy, whose career lasted from the 1890s until the mid-1930s.


Born in Bradford, Vermont, the son of Hezron George Day, on 8 November 1871,[1] Day graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1892, was promoted to Ensign on 1 July 1894, Lieutenant (junior grade) on 3 March 1899,[2] and Lieutenant in 1901. He was Executive Officer of USS Hancock during 1907.

From 1907 to 1909, at the rank of Lieutenant Commander, he served as Navigator of the flagship USS Connecticut and ex officio Fleet Navigator during the 'round the world cruise of the Great White Fleet. He commanded the destroyer USS Preston from 1909 to 1910, and Division 7 of the Torpedo Squadron, Atlantic Fleet, from 1910 to 1911. He was in charge of the Navy Publicity Bureau in New York City from 1911 to 1913, was Executive Officer of the battleship USS New York from 1914 to 1915, and commanded the armored cruiser Brooklyn from 1915 to 1916.

By 1917 he was the Head of the Department of Compasses, Nautical Instruments, and Time Service at the Naval Observatory. During World War I, in the rank of Captain, he commanded the troop transport USS America, formerly the German liner SS Amerika, and was awarded the Navy Cross for this service. He commanded the armored cruiser USS Montana from 1918 to 1919 and the battleship USS Pennsylvania from 1920 to 1921, and was Commander, Submarines, Pacific, 1923 to 1925.

In 1923 he was a member of the Navy's Court of Inquiry on the Honda Point disaster. Promoted to Rear Admiral in 1925, he served first as Commandant of the 15th Naval District, and then as Commander of Light Cruiser Division 2 (Trenton, Milwaukee, Raleigh and Memphis) from June 1927 to April 1928[3][4] and Light Cruiser Division 3 (Richmond, Cincinnati and Marblehead) from April 1928 to July 1929.[5][6] He was President of the Board of Inspection and Survey in 1929, was a member of the General Board in 1930 and again was President of the Board of Inspection and Survey from 1931 until his retirement in 1935.

Day died in 1940 and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.[7]


  1. ^ "Hezron George Day". Retrieved 9 August 2010.
  2. ^ "US Navy Officers: 1778–1900". Archived from the original on December 5, 2013. Retrieved 9 August 2010.
  3. ^ Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps (PDF). U.S. Bureau of Naval Personnel. 1928. p. 10. Retrieved 7 July 2020.
  4. ^ Annual Reports of the Navy Department: Including Operations to November 15, 1928. U.S. Government Printing Office. 1929. p. 93. Retrieved 7 July 2020.
  5. ^ Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps (PDF). U.S. Bureau of Naval Personnel. 1 January 1929. p. 10. Retrieved 7 July 2020.
  6. ^ "London Naval Treaty, 1930". U.S. Senate Committee on Naval Affairs. 1930. Retrieved 7 July 2020.
  7. ^ Burial Detail: Day, George Calvin – ANC Explorer