Charles Vernon Gridley
Life & Career
Gridley was immortalized in Dewey's order to him at the Battle of Manila Bay: "You may fire when you are ready, Gridley."
He took ill soon after the battle and was superseded in command of Olympia to be sent back home. He died in Kobe, Japan while en route less than five weeks after the battle that made him famous.
John J. Read
|Captain of U.S.S. Olympia
28 Jul, 1897 – May, 1898
Benjamin P. Lamberton
- Register of Officers, 1898. p. 6.