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James Meredith Helm

Rear Admiral James Meredith Helm (16 December 1855 – 28 October 1927) was an officer in the United States Navy during the Spanish–American War.

James Meredith Helm
Born (1855-12-16)December 16, 1855
Grayville, Illinois
Died October 28, 1927(1927-10-28) (aged 71)
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Navy
Years of service 1875–1919
Rank Rear Admiral
Commands held USS Hornet
USS Idaho
USS Wabash

Spanish–American War

World War I
Awards Navy Cross


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.

During World War I, Helm was Commandant of the 4th Naval District and received the Navy Cross for his achievements.

He retired 16 December 1919 and died 28 October 1927.


The destroyer USS Helm (DD-388) was named for him.