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Harris Laning
Admiral Harris Laning
Born (1873-10-13)October 13, 1873
Died February 2, 1941(1941-02-02) (aged 67)
Place of birth Petersburg, Illinois
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1895-1937
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg Admiral
Commands held USS Cassin (DD-43)
Battleship division
President of the Naval War College
Cruisers, Scouting Force
Battle Force, United States Fleet
Commandent, New York Navy Yard
Commandant, 3rd Naval District
Battles/wars Philippine-American War
Veracruz Campaign
World War I
Awards Navy Cross
Other work Governor, Naval Home

Harris Laning, born 18 October 1873 in Petersburg, Illinois, graduated from the United States Naval Academy on 7 June 1895. He served in the Philippine Islands during the Philippine insurrection, and served as captain of the U.S. rifle team which won the Gold Medal in Stockholm, Sweden, at the 1912 Olympic Games. His first command was the destroyer USS Cassin, which operated off Veracruz during the 1914 Mexican Campaign. As Chief of Staff to Commander Destroyer Force, Atlantic Fleet in 1919 he supported the first successful transatlantic flight, made by Navy seaplane NC-4 in May.

As captain of the Navy Rifle Team, 1907.

As a rear admiral, he commanded a battleship division, and he was President of the Naval War College from 1930 to 1933; as a vice admiral, he commanded Cruisers, Scouting Force. As an admiral, he commanded Battle Force, U.S. Fleet, from 1 April 1935 to 20 April 1936. He was Commandant, New York Navy Yard and 3rd Naval District from 20 April 1936 to 1 October 1937.

Laning retired from the Navy on 1 November 1937, then served as Governor of the Naval Home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, until his death on 2 February 1941. He was buried in the United States Naval Academy Cemetery.[1]

The Naval War College published his memoirs in 1999.[2]


  1. Find-a-grave entry
  2. Laning, Harris (1999). "An Admiral's Yarn". Naval War College Press. 

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Government document "[1]".

Military offices
Preceded by
Joel R. P. Pringle
President of the Naval War College
Succeeded by
Luke McNamee

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