Harry Handly was born in St. Louis, Missouri back in 1873. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1891. He served aboard the USS Concord before being promoted to Ensign where he served on the USS Monadnock and the USS Michigan. Prior to the Spanish-American War he served as flag secretary about the cruiser Olympia.
He saw action during the battle of Manila Bay. After the war, he was promoted to Lieutenant (junior grade) where he was the best man at Admiral George Dewey’s wedding in 1899. In 1909, he retired after 22 years of service. In 1917, he returned to the service commanding the Amphitrite. He was responsible for protecting New York harbor form submarine attacks, being promoted to commander in 1919. He died in 1939 at the Brooklyn Naval Hospital and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
What you may not know about Harry Handly Caldwell is that he was America’s first submarine captain and the first commanding officer of any nation commanding a submarine the USS Holland in 1900. Until tomorrow keep a smile on your face and a penny in your pocket