May 16: John Jay Almy (1895)

A native of Newport, Rhode Island, John Jay Almy was named for John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the United States. Almy was the youngest child of his family. Both parents having died when he young, the Navy became his home. He was appointed midshipman at age 14. In the Mexican War, he took part in the capture of Vera Cruz and during the Civil War, he captured four blockade runners and destroyed four others. As a rear admiral, he was able to protect American and European property during a violent revolt in Panama. Upon his retirement, Admiral Almy had served twenty-seven years and ten months of duty at sea, the longest amount of any officer in the navy.

John Jay Almy and his first wife, Sarah Gardner, had five children. The youngest was baptized at Epiphany and the youngest two were confirmed there. After Almy’s wife died, he married her sister. Both wives were buried from Epiphany. Two days after his death on May 16, funeral rites for Rear Admiral Almy were performed at Epiphany by rector Randolph McKim. Pallbearers for the service included four Navy admirals and two Army generals. A detachment of sailors served as body bearers and a company of marines were at Congressional Cemetery to pay the last military tribute to the dead, by firing a volley over the grave and the sounding of “Taps” by a bugler.

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