Rear Admiral aboard USS Weste Virginia who was drummed out of the Navy because of supposed homosexuality
"SAN FRANCISCO, January 15, 1911 – Rear Admiral Chauncey M. Thomas, Commander of the Second Squadron of the Pacific Fleet, today relieved Rear Admiral Edward B. Barry as Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific Fleet, in pursuance of orders received from the Navy Department in Washington. Barry has requested immediate retirement from the service under the rule of more than forty years’ service.
The cause of Admiral Barry’s desire to leave after having held the post of fleet commander for only a few months is the subject of much gossip. Stories reflecting seriously upon the character of the retiring admiral are being circulated, and naval officers in port have taken cognizance of them. There is an intimation in these stories that the admiral has been forced to retire.
In speaking of these rumors, Admiral Barry said: “It is not true that I have been forced to retire. Other men have asked for immediate retirement. The reason that have caused to me do this are partly public and partly private. The man who is triumphantly vindicated under such circumstance is as much a loser as if the charges were proven to be true. I believe that by requesting immediate retirement I can save the navy a scandal."