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Kimberly was born in Troy, New Jersey , and was appointed a Midshipman 8 December 1846. From 1847 to 1860 he was in the African, Pacific, and East-India Squadrons . During the Civil War he served on Potomac in the West Gulf Blockading Squadron, and took part in the Mississippi River operations at Port Hudson, Grand Gulf , and Vicksburg. He was Executive Officer of Hartford, in the Battle of Mobile Bay, and was warmly commended for gallant and efficient service.
During the period 1866 to 1889 he cruised in European, Atlantic, Pacific, and East Indian waters. He commanded Canonicus, Monongahela, and Omaha, before assuming the Presidency of the Naval Examining Board in 1885 with the rank of Commodore. On 11 April 1887, he took command of the Asiatic Station, and 2 months later was promoted to Rear Admiral. While Commander in Chief of the Pacific station, he was unable to save his flagship Trenton from a violent typhoon which struck Samoa 15 to 17 March 1889. Guiding his men with the words, "If we go down, let us do so with our flag flying," Kimberly skillfully beached his flagship, losing only one man in the raging storm that wrecked Trenton.
Rear Admiral Kimberly died in West Newton, Massachusetts .
Two U. S. Navy ships have been named in his honor.
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