James Meredith Helm
|James Meredith Helm|
December 16, 1855|
|Died||October 28, 1927(aged 71)|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1875–1919|
|Battles/wars||World War I|
Born at Grayville, Illinois, Helm graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1875. He served in various ships and abroad until the Spanish–American War, when he commanded the gunboat Hornet. In the blockade of Cuba, he captured a Spanish steamer and three contraband schooners, and was advanced five numbers in grade for outstanding performance at the Battle of Manzanillo on 30 June 1898. Helm subsequently commanded the Idaho and Wabash.
He retired 16 December 1919 and died 28 October 1927.
The destroyer USS Helm (DD-388) was named for him.