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Royal Rodney Ingersoll December 4, 1847(1847-12-04) – April 21, 1931(1931-04-21) (aged 83) Place of birth Niles, Michigan Allegiance United States of America Service/branch United States Navy Years of service 1868–1909 Rank Rear Admiral Battles/wars World War I Rear Admiral Royal Rodney Ingersoll (4 December 1847 – 21 April 1931) was a United States Navy officer whose career extended from the late 1860s through World War I. Biography Ingersoll was born in Niles, Michigan on 4 December 1847 and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1868. He served in various ships of the fleet on the European and Asiatic Squadrons until 1876 when he was assigned to the Naval Academy. He taught and wrote about ordnance subjects during several tours at the Academy, and in the early years of the 20th century commanded such ships as Bennington (PG-4), New Orleans (CL-22), and Maryland (ACR-8). Ingersoll was Chief of Staff of the Atlantic Fleet during the first part of the Great White Fleet's famous cruise around the world, and served in 1908 as a member of the General Board. Rear Admiral Ingersoll retired in 1909, but was called back to duty during World War I as President of the Naval Ordnance Board. In 1919 he returned to his home in La Porte, Indiana, where he was active in public affairs until his death on 21 April 1931 at age 83. His son, Admiral Royal Eason Ingersoll (1883–1976), commanded the US Atlantic Fleet during World War II. Namesake In 1943, the destroyer USS Ingersoll (DD-652) was named in honor of R.Adm. Ingersoll and his grandson, Lieutenant Royal R. Ingersoll II (1913–1942), who had died in the Battle of Midway. References This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here. Persondata Name Ingersoll, Royal Rodney Alternative names Short description Rear Admiral in the United States Navy Date of birth 4 December 1847 Place of birth Niles, Michigan Date of death 21 April 1931 Place of death