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Vice Admiral Newton Alexander McCully (1867 – 1951) was an officer in the United States Navy.

McCully, the son of Newton A. and Caroline Fretwell McCully, was born on 19 June 1867 in Anderson, South Carolina and attended the United States Naval Academy (Class of 1887).[1] As a Lieutenant Commander, McCully traveled to Russia during the Russo-Japanese War in 1904. He returned there as a Rear Admiral, leading a small intelligence mission, to join the Whites and report on the strength of the Bolsheviks and their potential threat.

He later served as the Commander of the Scouting Fleet until 1924 when he became the chief of the American naval mission in Brazil. By 1928 McCully was the Commandant of the Charleston Navy Yard.

In 1920, McCully adopted six Russian children.[2] Their names and ages (in 1921) were: Nikolai Smnov (age 12), Loudmila Manetzkaya (age 11), Anastasia Sherbatoc (age 10), Nina Furinan (age 8), Feodor Pozdo (age 4), and Ninotahkl Klimenko (age 3). In addition, these children were accompanied by Eugenia Selifanova (age 19).[3]

Late in life, at age 59, McCully married Olga Krundycher (Russian), age 29, on 24 October 1927.[4]

Admiral McCully died on 14 June 1951 in St. Augustine, Florida.[5][6]


  1. Weeks, Charles J.; Baylen, Joseph (Jan 1974). "Admiral Newton A. McCully's Mission in Russia, 1904-1921". pp. 63–79. JSTOR 127622. 
  2. "National Affairs: Private Orphanage". Time Magazine. 12 September 1927.,9171,736850,00.html. Retrieved 2010-07-21. 
  3. "Admiral Wins Entry for Russian Babes". New York Times. 5 January 1921. Retrieved 2010-07-21. 
  4. "Milestones: Oct. 24, 1927". Time Magazine. 24 October 1927.,9171,736924,00.html. Retrieved 2010-07-21. 
  5. Schneider, John. "Adm Newton Alexander McCully". Find A Grave. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  6. "Valor awards for Newton Alexander McCully". Military Times. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 

Further reading[]

  • McCully, Newton A., The McCully report: the Russo-Japanese War, 1904-05, Annapolis, Maryland. Naval Institute Press, 1977.
  • Weeks, Charles J., An American Naval Diplomat in Revolutionary Russia: The Life and Times of Vice Admiral Newton A. McCully, 1867-1951. Annapolis, Maryland. Naval Institute Press 1993.

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