Rear Admiral Herman O. Stickney, USN, (1867-1936)

Herman Osman Stickney was born on 10 December 1867 in Pepperell, Massachusetts. Appointed from Kentucky to the U.S. Naval Academy, at Annapolis, Maryland, he graduated in June 1888 and served on board USS Kearsarge and USS Tallapoosa for his two-year required sea duty. In July 1890, he was commissioned an Ensign, within the Assistant Engineer speciality, and received orders to the pre-commissioned gunboat Bennington, then transferred to USS Miantonomoh. In August 1894, he assigned shore duty at the U.S. Naval Academy, where he was promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade. A year later, he reported to USS Iowa, followed with a tour on board USS Chicago. In March 1899, Stickney was promoted to Lieutenant and was assigned to USS Princeton and later on board USS Solace.

In October 1901, Lieutenant Stickney received orders to New York Navy Yard, New York, serving a year before assigned to USS Texas. Following a promotion to Lieutenant Commander in July 1905, he reported for duty at the Naval Academy. In December 1906, he served a year at Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia, and returned to sea on board the armored cruiser South Dakota. In March 1910, Stickney was promoted to Commander and that October became the Light-House Inspector in the Fourth District, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Returning for duty at the Naval Academy in March 1912, he served a year until assuming command of USS Prairie in July 1913. While commanding Prairie, he participated in the intervention at Vera Cruz, Mexico. On 21 April 1914, Stickney covered and assisted the landing of U.S. Forces with Prairie's guns, ensuring the capture of the city. For his "distinguished conduct in battle" on this occasion, he was awarded the Medal of Honor.

In November 1914, Commander Stickney began courses at the Naval War College at Newport, Rhode Island, and was promoted to Captain that December. Completing his courses, he assumed command of USS Vermont. In June 1918, he was ordered to Washington, D.C., for duty with the Bureau of Inspection and Survey. In October 1919, Stickney became the Senior Member on the Board of Survey, Pacific Coast, Long Beach, California, and was promoted to Rear Admiral two months later. In December 1921, he retired and was placed on the retired list. Herman O. Stickney died on 13 September 1936 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.

This page features all the images we have concerning Herman O. Stickney.

Photo #: NH 44385

Captain Herman O. Stickney, USN

A circa 1914-15 photograph by Harris and Ewing of Washington, D.C. Stickney was awarded the Medal of Honor for his distinguished conduct in battle directing Prairie's guns which ensured the capture of the city. Note, he was also awarded the Navy Cross.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

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Photo #: NH 54147

USS Charleston (C-2), circa 1891

The following officers are pictured while in the Pacific Station:
Captain George C. Remey, USN, Commanding Officer;
Lieutenant Commander Chapman C. Todd, USN;
Lieutenant Wells Field, USN;
Lieutenant Nathaniel J. K. Patch, USN;
Lieutenant Jacob J. Hunker, USN;
Lieutenant Edward F. Qualtrough, USN;
Lieutenant Junior Grade James H. Glennon, USN;
Ensign Walter S. Burk, USN;
Ensign Creighton Churchill, USN;
Naval Cadet Thomas P. MaGruder, USN;
Naval Cadet Ben H. Fuller, USN;
Naval Cadet Robert E. Carney, USN;
Naval Cadet Chas T. Vogelgesang, USN;
Naval Cadet Alonze Gartley, USN;
Naval Cadet Matt H. Signor, USN;
Naval Cadet Albertus W. Catlin, USN;
Medical Inspector George W. Woods, USN;
Passed Assistant Surgeon Francis W. Weiber, USN;
Assistant Surgeon George Rothganger, USN;
Paymaster Arthur Burtis, USN;
Chief Engineer Phillip Inch, USN;
Passed Assistant Engineer Ira N. Hollis, USN;
Passed Assistant Engineer Frank W. Hartlett, USN;
Assistant Engineer Hermon O.Stickney, USN;
Lieutenant of Marines George T. Bates, USMC;
Assistant Engineer Horace W. Jones, USN;
Passed Assistant Paymaster Eustace B. Rogers, USN;
Chief Engineer George E. Tower, USN
Photographed by A.J. McDonald, San Francisco, California.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

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Photo #: NH 53161

U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland

Officers' baseball team, Summer 1895.
Those present are, seated in front, left to right:
Assistant Engineer Herman O. Stickney;
Ensign Samuel R. Hurlburt; and
Ensign Ashley H. Robertson.
Seated in middle row, left to right:
Ensign Edward W. Eberle;
Ensign William H.G. Bullard;
Ensign John F. Hubbard (Catcher); and
Professor Paul J. Dashiell.
Standing in back, left to right:
Ensign George R. Marvell;
Lieutenant Francis J. Haeseler;
Assistant Engineer Horace W. Jones (holding puppy);
Second Lieutenant Charles F. Macklin, USMC; and
Passed Assistant Surgeon Stephen S. White.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

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Photo #: NH 52764

Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island

The Class of 1916 is pictured in order:
1.   Captain William B. Fletcher, USN;
2.   Lieutenant Commander Edward T. Constien, USN;
3.   Rear Admiral Austin M. Knight, USN;
4.   Lieutenant Commander William S. Pye, USN;
5.   Commander Charles T. Vogelgesang, USN;
6.   Captain Herman O. Stickney, USN;
7.   Mr. Terrence R. Cowie;
8.   Rear Admiral Cameron M. Winslow, USN;
9.   Commander Louis A. Kaiser, USN;
10. Captain Nathan C. Twining, USN;
11. Commander William K. Harrison, USN;
12. Mr. William W. Gilbert;
13. Captain Charles P. Plunkett, USN;
14. Captain William L. Howard, USN;
15. Mr. William Evans;
16. Captain Benjamin F. Hutchinson, USN;
17. Captain Thomas P. Magruder, USN;
18. Captain William D. MacDougall, USN;
19. Commander William C. Cole, USN;
20. Commander William W. Phelps, USN;
21. Lieutenant Gordon W. Haines, USN;
22. Commander Walter S. Turpin, USN;
23. Lieutenant Commander Walter R. Sexton, USN;
24. Lieutenant Commander Henry D. Cooke, USN;
25. Captain Edward Simpson, USN;
26. Lieutenant Commander Robert Wallace, USN;
27. Captain Clares S. Williams, USN;
28. Commander Ivan C. Wettengel, USN;
29. Commander Dewitt Blamer, USN;
30. Colonel John Ruckman, USMC;
31. LIeutenant Commander Samuel I. M. Major, USN;
32. Lieutenant Junior Grade Hartwell C. Davis, USN;
33. Mr. William J. Miles;
34. Commander Montgomery M. Taylor, USN;
35. Mr. Horace A. Field;
36. Major George C. Thorpe, USMC;
37. Lieutenant Commander William D. Puleston, USN;
38. Rear Admiral Augustus F. Fechteler, USN;
39. Lieutenant Commander Harry E. Yarnell, USN;
40. Captain John D. McDonald, USN;
41. Commander Thomas T. Craven, USN; and
42. Lieutenant Commander Zachariah H. Madison, USN

Collection of Rear Admiral Clarence S. Williams, USN

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

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Admiral Edward W. Eberle, USN

Pictured as Commanding, U.S. Pacific Fleet. He is standing to the left of Rear Admiral Herman O. Stickney and Rear Benjamin F. Hutchinson, USN, who are shaking hands. The photograph is from circa 22 January 1922.

Courtesy of Mrs. Worth Sprunt, 1974.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

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Lieutenant Commander Herman O. Stickney, USN

Pictured in a black swimsuit on a pier along with Lieutenant Edward S. Jackson, USN, Lieutenant Austin S. Kibbee, USN, and Ensign Grattan C. Dichman, USN, circa 1911-1912. Location and other personnel are unidentified.

Collection of Commander Grattan C. Dichman, USN.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

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Medal of Honor citation of Commander Herman Osman Stickney, USN (as printed in the official publication "Medal of Honor, 1861-1949, The Navy", page 102):

"For distinguished conduct in battle, engagements of Vera Cruz, 21 and 22 April 1914. Commander Stickney covered the landing of the 21st with the guns of the Prairie, and throughout the attack and occupation, rendered important assistance to our forces on shore with his 3-inch battery."

For higher resolution images see: Obtaining Photographic Reproductions

To the best of our knowledge, the pictures referenced here are all in the Public Domain, and can therefore be freely downloaded and used for any purpose.

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