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Frost, Holloway Halstead (11 April 1889–26 January 1935), naval officer, was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Halstead H. Frost, a lawyer, and Mary Louise Downing. In 1910 he graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and was assigned to the battleship ...

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Knox, Dudley Wright (21 June 1877–11 June 1960), naval officer and historian, was born in Fort Walla Walla, Washington Territory, the son of Thomas Taylor Knox, a U.S. Army colonel, and Cornelia Manigault Grayson. After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1896, Knox spent the next two years at sea assigned to the battleship ...

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Alfred Thayer Mahan Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-3124).

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Mahan, Alfred Thayer (27 September 1840–01 December 1914), naval officer and author, was born in West Point, New York, the son of Dennis Hart Mahan, a professor of military engineering and dean of faculty at the U.S. Military Academy, and Mary Helena Okill. Raised in a household run on two guiding principles, strict military obedience and a stern literalist and fundamentalist form of Episcopalianism that emphasized constant prayer, Mahan did not have a happy childhood. In his autobiography, ...