This was a most interesting thread and I gained so much from it. It will be lengthy but relevant. You could not really exclude all the history around it and that he was participating in military history and it evolved around a most important time. WW1 and the "Roaring twenties". I left out referencing some of the internet sources; because it is very easy for the subjects involved to be found on the internet.
The most important thing up to this time was a nations Naval control of the Seas and that was about to change.
Ensign Edward Thomas Garvey was assigned to the USS Shawmutt and everywhere in the Ensigns career from 1918 into the early twenties. The USS Shawmutt played a part.
The USS Shawmutt was a Minelayer and Sea Plane Tender. The original name was the OGALA and was comissioned the Massachusetts and redesigned as a minelayer and later to become a Seaplane tender. It was later named the USS Shawmutt and then changed back to the OGALA; because it sounded like another ship.
The Seaplanes were used as submarine spotters and were loaded and unloaded into a hangar within the Shawmutt. 1918 it was assigned as a part of the North Atlantic Fleet to St George Chanel in a Irish seaport and spent the entire time ther of WW1 laying mines and laid some 2,970 mines.
1918-Ensign Edward Thomas Garvey was awarded the "Navy Cross" as part of a Seaplane Squadron for countering Submarines in the St. George Chanel & the Irish sea port approaches.
1920 The USS Shawmutt was a part of the North Atlantic Fleet Force and was moving from Philadelphia to Guantanamo Cuba.
1920- Ensign Edward Thomas Garvey receives an accomendation from the Force Commander for effecting a rescue at sea of the crew of a sinking flyng boat #4312 making a safe landing where two planes had come to grief.
1 Nov 1920- Navy sinks from the air in experiments the USS Indiana (evidently retired and out of comission), Tangier Island, Va.
Sometime in 1920- General Billy Mitchel comander in the United States Army Air Corps. He believed that Air Forces had rendered Navies around the world obsolete or word's to that effect. Testified in front of Congress that 1'000 Bombartment Air planes can be built and operated for the price of one battleship and that a squadron of those bombers could sink a battleship and would be making more efficient use of the funds. THIS INFURIATED the Navy; but Mitchel was allowed to conduct a careful series of test alongside the Navy and the marines. (Ref. "Battleships" Wipkipedia.)
Feb 1921-With the help of Congress they agreed to a series of test to be conducted W/ the ARmy, Navy, Marine Air Corps.
The test were to be held May 27th, June 21st, July 13th, July 18th
The test were held.
26 June 1921 (Washington Post Page 3) "The Pilots of the three attacking planes were Lieuts: Campbell Keene, George E. Rumill & "Edward T. Garvey" who are among the most experienced of the Navy aviators".
In the test the Shawmutt was an a great part of it and General Billy Mitchel and some other commanders met aboard the Shawmutt.
In the test there were three or more ships sunk and a submarine; but for brevity. I will get to the point. From the internet sight and I typed in from a book written about the whole experience by Alfred Wilson Johnson USN Ret. "Naval Bombing Experiments off the Virginia Cape June & July 21st.
It led to many sights; but the most important sight was www.criticalpast.com/products/location-history/Virginia-Cape...
. (V-C-U-S upper cased). There was aireal footage of the bombings of most of the ships in question and the footage of the crew.
The next sight was what I was looking for. The Naval Bombing Experiments of the Virginia Cape June & July 21st. They listed after some scrolling who was responsible for the bombings of most of the Sub and two other Boats. U117 Suubmarine, Frankfurt, Ostriesland and it was the biggest of the prizes and what Mitchell was looking for.
They had a list of several Navy, Army, and Marines who contributed. I will list for bevity only pertaining to Edward Thomas Garvey.
U117 Submarine- Ensign Garvey
Ostfriensland - Lt. Garvey (He was probably promoted for his work on the U-117 and because of his record (Navy Cross and accommendation).
There was muich history involved. They use a Radio device to help move the Ostfriesland for the first time in history . So that it could move on its own power. You can imagine what developed out of that for the military.
I couldn't even touch on all the enterplay between the Navy and Gen. Mitchell. Who laid out the future attack by the air of Japan and when it might take place and he wasn't far off in time. He even described what would be used. I thank you for this opportunity. Some of it I was aware of (Gen Mitchell). The minute I saw where he was bombing from the air. Gen. Mitchel came to mind. Edward Thomas Garvey retired a Lt. Commander. What a Life!!! Take care and God Bless and God Speed.