ADMIRAL HARRY ERVIN YARNELL - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHECK 11/22/1907 CO-SIGNED BY: CAPTAIN WILLIAM PIGOTT CRONAN - HFSID 317562
Sale Price $288.00
HARRY E. YARNELL; WILLAM P. CRONAN
Check signed by future Admiral Yarnell, who successfully attacked Pearl Harbor during 1932 war games, in exactly the manner the Japanese would employ 9 years later. The check is signed to Cronan, a fellow naval officer. They served together at the Battle of Santiago, and on the Great White Fleet.
Check signed: "H. E. Yarnell", 7½x3. Washington, D. C., 1907 December 22. Check #28, drawn on the Riggs National Bank, payable to W. P. Cronan, USN, for $30.00. Entirely filled out by Yarnell. Endorsed on verso by "W. P. Cronan" and 2 others ("Chr. Kramer" and "Joachim Brunkhorst"). HARRY ERVIN YARNELL (1875-1959) served on the USS Oregon during the Battle of Santiago (July 3, 1898), and was then assigned to the Asiatic Squadron, participating in the Philippine-American War and in the Boxer Rebellion. In 1902 he received his first command, the destroyer USS Dale. Aboard the battleship USS Connecticut, Yarnell was part of the Great White Fleet, which President Theodore Roosevelt sent around the world to display America's growing power (1907-1909). In World War I, he was on the staff of Admiral Sims, commander of all US Naval Forces in Europe. In 1932, Yarnell commanded the carriers Lexington and Saratoga in a completely successful war games attack on Pearl Harbor, using exactly the tactics the Japanese Navy would successfully employ 9 years later. (The US Navy ignored this lesson, as history knows.) Retiring with the rank of Admiral in 1939, Yarnell was recalled to active duty in World War II, serving as an advisor on the China Military Mission and then on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations. WILLIAM PIGOTT CRONAN also fought in the Battle of Santiago, and sailed with the Great White Fleet. Serving on the same vessel with Yarnell, the USS Connecticut, Cronan heroically stuck his hand in the barrel of a big gun which was leaking powder, preventing an explosion but losing two fingers. Before retiring as a Captain in 1924, Cronan served briefly as Acting Governor of Guam. Perforation marks. Creased and toned. Small hole in center. Signatures lightly bleeding. Otherwise, fine condition.
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