Russell Wilson

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty AR LLC PB00068179

Russell Wilson was born in Fredonia, New York back in 1883 to Louis and Lucy. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before graduating from the United States Naval Academy in 1906. After graduation, he served on the battleship USS New York as an ensign. By 1914 he was a flag lieutenant serving under Admiral Henry Mayo.

He went on to command destroyers at Greenland. He graduated from the Naval War College in 1924, serving as naval attaché at the US Embassy in London from 1937-38. By 1939 he was the last commander of the Battleship Division 1 in peacetime prior to the start of WWII.

In 1941 he was superintendent of the United States Naval Academy. After the attack on Pearl Harbor he was assigned to the Pacific Fleet. He was found to be medically unfit for sea and therefore he retired in 1943. He died in 1948 at 64 in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Now of course you’ll hear the rest of the story for you see what he did back in 1917 is why he is written in the history books. While serving as a flag officer he invented the Navy Cipher Box and for that invention he was awarded the Navy Cross which is the second highest award just under the Medal of Honor. So many heroes to write about so little time.  

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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

And, here I was thinking he was the quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks.  

Dec 02, 2016 04:47 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Good morning James. Quite the guy! Sad he had health problems that took him prematurely! They say the good die young! Good news, you and I could live forever! Enjoy your day! 

Dec 02, 2016 04:49 AM #3
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

I did not know of him. Everybody wants to keep a secret.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Dec 02, 2016 05:17 AM #4
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This guy did an amazing thing and was recognized for it. Nice.

Dec 02, 2016 05:24 AM #5
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Good morning, another good one that I had no idea who he was.

Dec 02, 2016 05:26 AM #6
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray ,

Wow I'm impressed with the list of accomplishments for this hero. There are so many heroes we have not heard about. Thanks for for the shout outs for these heroes!

Dec 02, 2016 05:51 AM #7
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
Realty One Group - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

This is a great biography today, James Dray . Cmdr. Wilson witnessed so may changes not only in technology, but naval ship design. What a life lived!

Dec 02, 2016 05:55 AM #8
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

James Dray  what a famous man looking froward to hearing more on Commander Wilson .Sounds like once he could not go to sea his heart was broken . Thanks for the info

Dec 02, 2016 06:57 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Cipher and Codes, so much of that characterizes World War II.  Nice story on Commander Wilson.  A

Dec 02, 2016 08:09 AM #10
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I assumed this was a code box and he had a lot of talents in dfiferent areas.

Dec 02, 2016 10:22 AM #11
Rebecca Lewis
ODAT Realty Services, Inc - Grayson, GA

Thanks once again for highlighting another interesting historical figure

Dec 02, 2016 10:38 AM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- we have so many men and women to whom we owe a debt of gratitude. BTW- I first thought you were going to write about Russell Wilson the Seahawks Quarterback. 

Dec 02, 2016 12:51 PM #13
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Hi James

He certainly accomplished a lot in his 64 years. Another fun read of a historic person.


Dec 02, 2016 04:09 PM #14
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Just stopped by to say HI! Hope you are doing well!

Have a great night in AR!

Dec 02, 2016 06:11 PM #15
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Realty ONE Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale

Hello James

Another interesting write about some history VB didn't know about, have a great weekend my friend.

Dec 02, 2016 06:50 PM #16
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 And here I thought you were talking about my Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks. Just another historical lesson from my friend James Dray 

Dec 02, 2016 08:36 PM #17
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - I did know of Russell Wilson except he is a football QB. I like your Russell Wilson better!

Dec 03, 2016 05:25 AM #18
Carol Williams
U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business. - Wenatchee, WA
"Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"

Hi James,  You tricked me because I am a Seattle SeaHawks fan and Russell Wilson is a great man too.. and not because he is a football player.  He is a champion for sick children.    Thanks for sharing the story of another Russell Wilson with us.  Have a great day.  

Dec 04, 2016 10:02 AM #19
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Russell Wilson, credited with inventing the Navy Cipher Box certainly deserved a medal for his invention. The many cipher machines are so interesting.

Dec 04, 2016 11:05 AM #20
David Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality

It just amazes me how many biographies you are able to write on how many people.

Dec 05, 2017 05:24 AM #21
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