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Colby Mitchell Chester
Rear Admiral, United States Navy
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Colby Mitchell Chester was born at New London, Connecticut, 29 February 1844, the son of Melville and Frances E. (Harris) Chester. He married Melancia Antionette Tremaine 25 November 1873 and they had two sons. He died 4 May 1932 at Rye, New York.

He received appointment from Connecticut, 31 October 1859 and studied at the United States Naval Academy, October 1859-September 1863; he was turned back, 9 June 1860.

He was promoted to Commander, 15 October 1881; to Captain, 12 June 1896; to Rear Admiral, 10 August 1903; and placed on the retired list, 28 February 1906.

ADmiral Chester served in the Civil War and the Spanish-American War. While with the USS Alaska, he commanded steam launches surveying Salee River in Korea; and was fired upon from forts guarding that river's entrance in June 1871.

He became professor of Naval Science at Yale Univ in 1917, then Superintendent of US Naval units at Yale, Columbia and Brown Universities.

His wife, Melanvia Antionette Tremaine Chester (1847-1923) is buried with him.

CM Chester PHOTO


The following additional family members are buried in an adjacent gravesite in Section 3:

Arthur Tremaine Chester, Lieutenant Commander, United States Naval Reserve Forces.  August 30, 1874-February 4, 1936.

Arthur Tremaine Chester, Jr. (December 10, 1910-April 9, 1928)

Kendall Cutter Chester, the son of Arthur Tremaine Chester (May 30, 1903-June 21, 1903)

Marion Cutter Chester, the wife of Arthur Tremaine Chester (November 26, 1878-September 7, 1966)


CHESTER, COLBY M
REAR ADMIRAL US NAVY
DATE OF DEATH: 05/04/1932
BURIED AT: SECTION SOUTH  SITE 1901
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

CHESTER, ANTOINETTE T W/O COLBY
DATE OF DEATH: 04/07/1923
BURIED AT: SECTION S.E  SITE 1901
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
  
CHESTER, ARTHUR TREMAINE
LT COMDR USNR
DATE OF DEATH: 02/04/1935
BURIED AT: SECTION SOUTH  SITE 1900
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

CHESTER, MARION GUTTER WIDOW OF ARTHUR
DATE OF BIRTH: 11/26/1879
DATE OF DEATH: 09/07/1956
BURIED AT: SECTION 3  SITE 1900
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY


Posted: 25 August 2000  Updated: 17 April 2004  Updated: 3 September 2005
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