Frank Herman Schofield

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Frank Herman Schofield was a decorated admiral
Admiral (United States)
In the United States Navy, the United States Coast Guard and the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, admiral is a four-star flag officer rank, with the pay grade of O-10. Admiral ranks above vice admiral and below Fleet Admiral in the Navy; the Coast Guard and the Public Health...

 in the United States Navy
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, where he served with distinction in the Spanish-American War
Spanish-American War
The Spanish–American War was a conflict in 1898 between Spain and the United States, effectively the result of American intervention in the ongoing Cuban War of Independence...

 and World War I
World War I
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. He was also acting Governor of Guam from January 11, 1904 to January 28, 1904.

Military career

Born in Jerusalem, New York
Jerusalem, New York
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, Schofield graduated from the United States Naval Academy
United States Naval Academy
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 on 6 June 1890 and was commissioned ensign
Ensign (rank)
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 in 1892. During the Spanish-American War, he served as executive officer of the , participating in the blockade of Cuba
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n ports and in the capture of four enemy ships.

Between 1898 and 1917, he served in various capacities afloat and ashore including duty in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
Chief of Naval Operations
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 and a brief position as acting Governor of Guam from January 11, 1904 to January 28, 1904. During this time, while commanding the he reported seeing "three meteors which he says appeared near the horizon and below the clouds, traveling in a group directly toward the Supply," which has been interpreted by some as an early UFO observation. After American entry into World War I, he was ordered to London
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, where he served on the staff of Commander, U.S. Naval Forces, European Waters until December 1918. He then assumed duties on the United States Naval Advisory Staff to the Peace Commission in Paris
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. Awarded the Navy Cross
Navy Cross
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 for his World War I and Peace Commission service, he was detached from the Naval Advisory Staff in May 1919 and, in July, returned to sea duty as commanding officer of the battleship, .

During the 1920s, he served on the General Board
General Board of the United States Navy
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 from 1921 to 1923; was promoted to Rear Admiral
Rear admiral (United States)
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 in 1924; commanded Destroyer Squadrons, Battle Fleet, from 1924 to 1926; headed the War Plans Division of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations from 1926 to 1929; was a member of the Naval Advisory Staff, Geneva Conference
Geneva Naval Conference
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 in 1927; and commanded Battleship Division 4, Battle Fleet in 1929. In 1930, he was commissioned Commander in Chief, Battle Force, with the accompanying rank of Admiral; and in 1933, after 47 years of service, he retired. Admiral Schofield died at Bethesda, Maryland
Bethesda, Maryland
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, on 21 March 1942.