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Lyman Atkinson Cotton (18 December 1874 – 12 January 1926) was an officer of the United States Navy.


Cotton was born 18 December 1874 in Wilson, N.C., and was a member of the United States Naval Academy class of 1898. After serving at sea, he studied at the Naval War College, and was naval attaché to Japan and China. In World War I, he was awarded the Navy's Distinguished Service Medal for establishing and commanding the naval base at Plymouth, England. Further service in command at sea, on staff duty, and again as naval attaché in Tokyo preceded important duties in Washington, D.C. While commanding Richmond (CL-9).

Death and burialEdit

Captain Cotton died at Norfolk, Va., 12 January 1926.


In 1943, the destroyer USS Cotten (DD-669) was named in his honor.


This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

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