From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Albert Beecher '84

Date of birth: February 12, 1863

Date of death: November 3, 1903

Age: 40

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.

Naval Academy Register

Albert Morrison Beecher was admitted to the Naval Academy from Iowa on June 11, 1880 at age 17 years 4 months.


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From the Army-Navy-Air Force Register and Defense Times of March 9, 1904

Lieutenant Albert M. Beecher, U.S. Navy, lost his life by falling down the turret of the U.S.S. Maine, November 3, 1903, while in the performance of official duty.

Lieutenant Beecher was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa, February 12, 1863, and appointed from Iowa to the Naval Academy in June, 1880, and graduated with honors from that institution in 1884. He was not only a brilliant officer, but possessed, to a remarkable degree, the power of application, study and concentration.

In the performance of every duty he was exceedingly thorough and conscientious. Conservative by nature, and calm in judgment, he was yet, nevertheless, prompt in decision and quick in action.

His professional career was of an exceedingly varied character. He rendered valuable service in connection with survey work in Alaska. He was a member of the Guam survey board, wherein his general information and knowledge were of high value. His last shore duty was at the bureau of equipment, where he performed service as wireless telegraphy expert of the Navy.

Lieutenant Beecher possessed a constructive engineering mind in addition to a rare capacity for leadership. By reason of his inclination for technical work, he had a special desire to fit himself for important duty of this nature, and engineering interests in the Navy experienced a loss in his death.

The important service that he rendered the Navy is known in its fullness to his conferrers at the bureau of equipment, and the results attending the special work performed by him at the department will be evidenced in the more efficient equipment of the armored cruisers and battleships that are about to go into commission or are in process of construction.

By reason of his unassuming and unselfish nature, he was greatly beloved in the service, and especially was this nobility and gentleness of character recognized by his classmates of 1884. Efficient in the discharge of every duty assigned him, considerate to those serving under him, keeping in touch with his contemporaries, loyal to his superiors, and with an earnest love for the Navy, he was the type of officer who, by precept and example, upheld the best an highest traditions of the service.

After military services on the U.S.S. Maine at Newport, R.I., the remains were accompanied to Fort Dodge, Iowa, by Passed Assistant Paymaster James S. Beecher, his brother, for interment, where they were met by his mother, Mrs. P.E. Beecher, and brother, H.L., of New Ulm, Minn, and sister, Mrs. C.T. Howard, of Redwood Falls, Minn.

Albert was married as of the end of 1901.

He is buried in Iowa.


From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Cadet Midshipman, 11 June, 1880. Ensign, 1 July, 1886. Lieutenant, Junior Grade, 7 June, 1895. Lieutenant, 5 June, 1898.

Navy Directories & Officer Registers

The "Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps" was published annually from 1815 through at least the 1970s; it provided rank, command or station, and occasionally billet until the beginning of World War II when command/station was no longer included. Scanned copies were reviewed and data entered from the mid-1840s through 1922, when more-frequent Navy Directories were available.

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February 1885

Naval Cadet, Quinnebaug

January 1886

Naval Cadet, Quinnebaug

February 1887

Ensign, Steamer Hassler

Others at this command:

January 1888

Ensign, Coast Survey steamer Patterson

January 1889

Ensign, Coast Survey steamer Patterson

January 1890

Ensign, Charleston

January 1891

Ensign, Iroquois

January 1892

Ensign, Iroquois

January 1893

Ensign, Bethlehem Iron Works

July 1894

Ensign, under instruction in ordnance, Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command:

January 1895

Ensign, Raleigh

January 1896

Lieutenant (j.g.), Texas

Others at this command:

January 1897

Lieutenant (j.g.), Monadnock

Others at this command:

January 1898

Lieutenant (j.g.), Steamer Gedney

January 1899

Lieutenant, Cramps' Shipyard

January 1900

Lieutenant, Eagle

January 1901

Lieutenant, Member Board on Survey, Guam

January 1902

Lieutenant, Bureau of Equipment

Others at this command:

Class of 1884

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