|William Hannum Grubb Bullard|
|Born||December 6, 1866|
|Died||November 24, 1927(aged 60)|
|Place of birth||Media, Pennsylvania|
|Place of death||Washington, D.C.|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1886-1922|
commanded the battleship Arkansas (BB-33)|
Organized the Yangtze Patrol force
Spanish-American War |
World War I
William Hannum Grubb Bullard (6 December 1866 – 24 November 1927) was an admiral of the United States Navy, whose service included duty during the Spanish-American War and World War I. After World War I, he established the Navy's patrol on China's Yangtze River. A noted electrical engineer, he wrote a popular handbook on naval electrical systems, and contributed to the use of radio in the Navy.
Early life and education[edit | edit source]
He was born in Media, Pa., a community about 12 miles west of Philadelphia, on December 6, 1866. His father was Orson Flagg Bullard, a member of the Pennsylvania legislature. William graduated from Media High School in 1882, as a member of the school's first graduating class. He then attended the United States Naval Academy, graduating in 1886. He returned to the Naval Academy in the mid-1890s, where he participated on the officers' summer baseball team.
Overseas duty[edit | edit source]
He served in USS Columbia (C-12) during the Spanish-American War and commanded the battleship USS Arkansas (BB-33), serving with the British Grand Fleet, during World War I. On August 5, 1921, the Yangtze Patrol force was organized under Rear Admiral Bullard as part of the Asiatic Fleet. During the unsettled conditions in China during the 1920s and 1930s, the Navy patrolled the Yangtze to protect United States interests, lives, and property.
Contributions to electrical engineering[edit | edit source]
Bullard gained a reputation as an authority on electrical systems and radio communications. In 1904, while still a junior officer, In 1904, the then-lieutenant published through the United States Naval Institute a work titled Naval Electricians' Text and Handbook. Later retitled the Naval Electricians' Text Book, the work went through multiple editions, being re-released in 1908, 1911, 1915, and 1917.
On 13 December 1912, Captain Bullard was appointed Superintendent of the Naval Radio Service, within the Bureau of Navigation. During his tenure, he developed a Handbook of Regulations (1913).
Retirement and legacy[edit | edit source]
Rear Admiral Bullard retired in 1922 and died in Washington, D.C., 24 November 1927.
Namesakes[edit | edit source]
Two ships have been named in Bullard's honor. In 1943, the Navy named the destroyer USS Bullard (DD-660) after him. In February 1946, construction was completed on the cable-laying vessel SS William H. G. Bullard (M. C. hull 2557), built for the U.S. Maritime Commission by Pusey and Jones Corporation of Wilmington, Del.. The vessel was acquired by the Navy in 1953 and redesignated USS Neptune (ARC-2).
References[edit | edit source]
- This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Naval History & Heritage Command.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.
- Some of Bullard's works on electrical engineering and radio can be found in the collections of the Library of Congress.
- Yangtze River Patrol and Other US Navy Asiatic Fleet Activities in China, 1920-1942, as Described in the Annual Reports of the Navy Department - from the Naval Historical Center
- Howeth, Linwood S., History of Communications-Electronics in the United States Navy. Washington: Bureau of Ships and Office of Naval History, 1963. [An HTML version of the original Navy Dept. publication]
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- DANFS: USS Neptune (ARC-2) - from the Naval Historical Center
- Photo of Bullard as a member of the officers' summer baseball team, 1895, United States Naval Academy, Photo #: NH 53161 - from the Naval Historical Center
- Media High School: The First Graduates: The Class of 1882
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