List of Famous Admirals People

List of Famous Admirals

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List of famous admirals, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top admirals in the world? This includes the most prominent admirals, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable admirals is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic admirals were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned admirals.

List includes John S. McCain, Sr., John S. McCain, Jr. and more.

From reputable, prominent, and well known admirals to the lesser known admirals of today, these are some of the best professionals in the admiral field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous admirals ever?" and "What are the names of famous admirals?" then you're in the right place. (29 items)


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    Pedro Menéndez de Avilés
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    Pedro Menéndez de Avilés was a Spanish admiral and explorer from the region of Asturias, Spain, who is remembered for planning the first regular trans-oceanic convoys and for founding St. Augustine, Florida, in 1565. This was the first successful Spanish settlement in La Florida and the most significant ...more

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    • Age: Died at 55 (1519-1574)
    • Birthplace: Avilés
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    John S. McCain, Jr.
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    John Sidney "Jack" McCain, Jr. was a United States Navy admiral, who served in conflicts from the 1940s through the 1970s, including as the Commander, United States Pacific Command. McCain grew up in Washington, D.C., and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1931, after which he entered the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 70 (1911-1981)
    • Birthplace: Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States of America
    • Profession: Soldier, Military Officer
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    Thomas C. Hart
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    Thomas Charles Hart was an admiral of the United States Navy, whose service extended from the Spanish-American War through World War II. Following his retirement from the Navy, he served briefly as a United States Senator from Connecticut.more

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    • Age: Died at 94 (1877-1971)
    • Birthplace: Davison, Michigan, USA
    • Profession: Admiral
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    William Hargood
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    Admiral Sir William Hargood KCB GCH RN was a British naval officer who served with distinction through the American War of Independence, the French Revolutionary War and the Napoleonic Wars, during which he gained an unfortunate reputation for bad luck, which seemed to reverse following his courageous ...more

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    • Age: Died at 77 (1762-1839)
    • Birthplace: England
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    Jacques l'Hermite, sometimes also known as Jacques le Clerq, was a Dutch merchant, explorer and admiral known for his journey around the globe with the Nassau Fleet and for his blockade and raid on Callao in 1624 during that same voyage in which he also died. He served the Dutch East India Company as ...more

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    • Age: Died at 42 (1582-1624)
    • Birthplace: Antwerp, Belgium
    • Profession: Merchant
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    John S. McCain, Sr.

    John S. McCain, Sr.
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    John Sidney "Slew" McCain Sr. was a U.S. Navy admiral. He held several command assignments during the Pacific campaign of World War II. McCain was a pioneer of aircraft carrier operations who in 1942 commanded all land-based air operations in support of the Guadalcanal campaign, and who ultimately in ...more

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    • Age: Died at 61 (1884-1945)
    • Birthplace: Mississippi, United States of America
    • Profession: Admiral
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    Kantaro Suzuki
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    Baron Kantarō Suzuki was an admiral in the Imperial Japanese Navy, member and final leader of the Imperial Rule Assistance Association and 42nd Prime Minister of Japan from 7 April-17 August 1945.more

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    • Age: Died at 80 (1868-1948)
    • Birthplace: Izumi Province
    • Profession: Politician, Soldier
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    Philip Charles Durham
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    Admiral Sir Philip Charles Calderwood Henderson Durham, GCB was a Royal Navy officer whose service in the American War of Independence, French Revolutionary War and Napoleonic Wars was lengthy, distinguished and at times controversial.more

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    • Age: Died at 82 (1763-1845)
    • Birthplace: Upper Largo, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Sailor
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    Federico Carlos Gravina y Nápoli

    Federico Carlos Gravina y Nápoli
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    Don Federico Carlos Gravina y Nápoli, was a Spanish Admiral during the American Revolution and Napoleonic Wars. He died of wounds sustained during the Battle of Trafalgar. Spanish explorer Jacinto Caamaño named the Gravina Island in Alaska in his honor.more

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    • Age: Died at 50 (1756-1806)
    • Birthplace: Palermo, Italy
    • Profession: Military Officer, Admiral
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    Edward Codrington
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    Admiral Sir Edward Codrington GCB RN was a British admiral, hero of the Battle of Trafalgar and the Battle of Navarino.more

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    • Age: Died at 81 (1770-1851)
    • Birthplace: Dodington, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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    David Milne
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    Admiral Sir David Milne, GCB, RN was a Royal Navy admiral.more

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    • Age: Died at 82 (1763-1845)
    • Birthplace: Musselburgh, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Politician, Sailor
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    José Mendes Cabeçadas
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    José Mendes Cabeçadas Júnior, OTE, ComA, commonly known as Mendes Cabeçadas, was a Portuguese Navy officer, free mason and republican, having a major role in the preparation of the revolutionary movements that created and ended the Portuguese First Republic: the 5 October revolution in 1910 and the 28 ...more

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    • Age: Died at 82 (1883-1965)
    • Birthplace: Loulé Municipality, Portugal
    • Profession: Military Officer
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    Andrey Kirillovich Razumovsky
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    Count Andrey Kirillovich Razumovsky was a Russian diplomat who spent many years of his life in Vienna. His name is transliterated differently in different English sources, including spellings Razumovsky, Rasoumoffsky, and Rasoumoffsky, the last of which being used by the British Government for its ...more

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    • Age: Died at 84 (1752-1836)
    • Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
    • Profession: Diplomat
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    Augusto Hamann Rademaker Grünewald was an admiral in the Brazilian navy. Rademaker was one of the military in the Military Junta that ruled Brazil between the illness of Artur da Costa e Silva in August 1969 and the investiture ceremony of Emílio Garrastazú Médici in October of that same year, elected ...more

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    • Age: Died at 80 (1905-1985)
    • Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    • Profession: Politician
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    Archduke Leopold Ludwig of Austria
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    Archduke Leopold Ludwig of Austria was an Austrian general and admiral.more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (1823-1898)
    • Birthplace: Milan, Italy
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    Francis Laforey

    Admiral Sir Francis Laforey, 2nd Baronet, KCB was an officer of the British Royal Navy during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, whose distinguished service record included numerous frigate commands in Home waters and in the West Indies. He is best known however for his service in command of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 68 (1767-1835)
    • Birthplace: Virginia, United States of America
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    Admiral Sir Charles Tyler, GCB was a British admiral who gained fame during the Napoleonic Wars as one of the Nelsonic Band of Brothers and a naval officer of great reputation and success who fought at the battles of Copenhagen and Trafalgar.more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (1760-1835)
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    Edward Hawke, 1st Baron Hawke
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    Admiral of the Fleet Edward Hawke, 1st Baron Hawke KB, PC was an officer of the Royal Navy. He is best remembered for his service during the Seven Years' War, particularly his victory over a French fleet at the Battle of Quiberon Bay in 1759, preventing a French invasion of Britain. A number of Royal ...more

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    • Age: Died at 76 (1705-1781)
    • Birthplace: Europe, Eurasia, United Kingdom, London, England, + more
    • Profession: Statesman
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    Mitsumasa Yonai
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    Mitsumasa Yonai was an admiral in the Imperial Japanese Navy, and politician. He was the 37th Prime Minister of Japan from January 16 to July 22, 1940.more

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    • Age: Died at 68 (1880-1948)
    • Birthplace: Morioka, Japan
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    Andrea Doria
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    Andrea Doria was a Genoese condottiero and admiral.more

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    • Age: Died at 94 (1466-1560)
    • Birthplace: Oneglia
    • Profession: Condottiere
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