Harry Handly

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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


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Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Another fascinating person of our history and essentially an unsung hero to most of us.

Feb 13, 2018 04:22 AM #3
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists

Seems he must have had a real action packed life, even though he's not a popular name to many of us.

Feb 13, 2018 04:27 AM #4
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This is a great read and an incredible story of a great man.

Feb 13, 2018 04:42 AM #5
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

Good morning, James Dray another American hero.... that's quite a piece of history....

Feb 13, 2018 04:52 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 ,

We are blessed to have so many military heroes..a great mention of an honorable man.

Feb 13, 2018 04:52 AM #7
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Submarines are very interesting and I have always wondered what it would be like to ride in one.

Feb 13, 2018 05:05 AM #8
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

I am always fascinated with submarines and submariners - My favorite war movies are those dealing with submarines! 

Feb 13, 2018 05:15 AM #9
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Apex, NC
Raleigh - Cary Triangle Real Estate 919-602-8489

Nice article James. My dad was a navy guy and considered specializing in submarines.

Feb 13, 2018 05:34 AM #10
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

It's funny, I don't have an issue entering a cylindrical tube jetting thousands of feet above the Earth BUT I would be nuts in a cylindrical tube hundreds of feet below the water James Dray 

Feb 13, 2018 06:12 AM #11
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

An illustrious career.

At least he did not get saddle sores with Teddy going up the hill.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Feb 13, 2018 06:14 AM #12
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - he had a very illustrious career and certainly was a submarine pioneer.

Feb 13, 2018 08:24 AM #13
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


This is an interesting post and story.  I am wondering if Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS, knew about this story.  He served on a submarine.  A

Feb 13, 2018 10:22 AM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I get claustrophobic just thinking about submarines. But what an interesting story. 

Feb 13, 2018 11:57 AM #15
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

I can just imagine what he was thinking when he was told to command a ship that went UNDER the water. I wonder if he thought it was a crazy or brilliant idea. It definitely changed warfare. Thank you for sharing.

Feb 13, 2018 12:27 PM #16
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - It must have taken a lot of courage to be a submariner back in 1900. 

Feb 13, 2018 01:42 PM #17
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I went through the german UBoat in Chicago many years ago. You had to be brave to be in one of those.

Feb 13, 2018 03:49 PM #18
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
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Another wonderful military hero - thank you James for bringing his story to us

Feb 13, 2018 07:05 PM #19
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Well I am confident Liz and Bill Spear  Bill would know about him since he is a USNA graduate, Endre

Feb 13, 2018 11:51 PM #20
Deborah Spence
Home Smart Realty Advisors - Philadelphia, PA
Awesome Realtor serving Philadelphia and suburbs!

Great post! Thanks for the information. I love history and I think it's important to learn.

Feb 14, 2018 01:58 AM #21
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Interesting story, James.  My son was electrical engineer of 4 fun-vacation subs on the island of Oahu.  In spite of many offers, I never was brave enough to get on one of them and go under in the Pacific.  No Siree!!

Feb 15, 2018 11:05 PM #22
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