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ALMY, John J., naval officer, born in Rhode Island, 25 April 1814. He entered the navy as a midshipman in 1829, and rose through the successive grades to be commodore, 30 December 1869, and Rear-Admiral 24 August 1873. He was retired in July 1876, after fifty-six years and eleven months of service. As midshipman and lieutenant he cruised all over the world in the old sailing navy, was at the surrender of Walker and his filibusters, commanded the " Fulton " in the expedition to Paraguay, was at the siege of Vera Cruz and the capture of Tuxpan during the Mexican war, and at the navy yard, Brooklyn, New York, in 1861-'62. As commander he had charge successively of the gunboats "South Carolina," " Connecticut," and "Juniata." While in command of the "Connecticut" he captured four noted blockade-runners with valuable cargoes, and ran ashore and destroyed four others. As captain he commanded the "Juniata" which was in the South Atlantic squadron, until 1867, and was then assigned to the Brooklyn navy yard, then the signal corps, and after a cruise in the Pacific was retired, 24 April 1877.
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