Commander Samuel D. Greene (USN) (Executive Officer U.S.S. Monitor)

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Samuel Dana Greene

Birthplace: Cumberland, Allegany, MD, USA
Death: Died in Portsmouth, Rockingham, NH, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Brig. General George Sears Greene (USA) and Martha Greene (Dana)
Husband of Mary Willis Greene and Mary Abby Greene
Father of Samuel Dana Greene, Jr.; Mary Richmond Conover and Charles De Boketon Greene
Brother of George Sears Greene, Jr.; Lt. Charles Thurston Greene (USA); Maj. General Francis V. Greene; Anna Mary Day and James John Greene
Half brother of Mary Vinton Greene; George Sears Greene, Jr. and Francis Vinton Greene

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About Commander Samuel D. Greene (USN) (Executive Officer U.S.S. Monitor)

Samuel Dana Greene (11 February 1839 – 11 December 1884) was an officer in the United States Navy during the American Civil War.


Greene was born in Cumberland, Maryland, son of future U.S. Army General George S. Greene. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1859 and became a lieutenant two years later. He was executive officer in USS Monitor during its historic five-hour battle with ironclad CSS Virginia 9 March 1862 and assumed command after Captain John Lorimer Worden was wounded. He served as executive officer on the USS Monitor in the engagements on the James River, Virginia, April to May 1862, and when the ship foundered in a gale. He served with distinction throughout the Civil War. Later, he was professor of mathematics at the Naval Academy from 1866 to 1868 and of astronomy from 1871 to 1875, was promoted to the rank of Commander in 1872, and acted as assistant superintendent of the institution from 1878 to 1882.

Commander Greene died on 11 December 1884 at Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and was buried in Bristol, Rhode Island.


USS Greene (DD-266) was named for him.

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Commander Samuel D. Greene (USN) (Executive Officer U.S.S. Monitor)'s Timeline

February 11, 1839
Cumberland, Allegany, MD, USA
October 24, 1864
Age 25
Annapolis, Anne Arundel, MD, USA
April 21, 1867
Age 28
Annapolis, Anne Arundel, MD, USA
November 9, 1871
Age 32
Annapolis, Anne Arundel, MD, USA
December 11, 1884
Age 45
Portsmouth, Rockingham, NH, USA