ALFRED FORÉE, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Alfred Forée '67

Date of birth: 1847

Date of death: April 12, 1872

Age: ~24

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.

Naval Academy Register

Alfred Forée was admitted to the Naval Academy from Kentucky on April 17, 1862 at age 15 years 8 months.

Loss

From Find A Grave:

While serving the United States on the U.S.S. Kansas, Forée lost his life at sea in a shipping accident while trying to save the life of his commanding officer, Commander Alexander Foster Crosman, who was thrown overboard by a raging sea near Nicatagua on April 12, 1872. Forée was a member of the Nicaragua Canal Surveying Expedition and drowned along with Crosman and four others. Six of his fellow sailors were awarded the Medal of Honor by preventing the loss of life of several of their shipmates. Forée's body was never recovered. His family erected a monument at Cave Hill Cemetery in his honor. His last words were: "Goodbye men, leave me, save yourselves."

Career

From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Acting Midshipman, 17 April, 1862. Ensign, 18 December, 1868. Master, 21 March, 1870. Drowned 12 April, 1872.


Class of 1867

Alfred is one of 5 members of the Class of 1867 in Memorial Hall.