From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Austin Davis '92

Date of birth: July 31, 1871

Date of death: July 13, 1900

Age: 28

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.


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Austin Rockwell Davis was lost on July 13, 1900 when he was killed in action in Peking, China, during the Boxer Rebellion.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

From Arlington National Cemetery:

A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, he was appointed Second Lieutenant, United States Marine Corps on July 1, 1894. He was promoted to First Lieutenant on June 2, 1898 and to Captain on March 3, 1899.

His momument in Section 1 of Arlington National Cemetery was "erected by Officers of the United States Marine Corps."

In regard to the killing of Capt. L.A.R. Davis, U.S.M.C., Colonel Meade says:

"I regret to report the death of Capt. A.R. Davis, who was killed at my side in the advanced trench. He was killed almost instantly. I had his body brought in with the wounded, and he is buried here in Tientsin, his grave being marked. This was all I could do.

The following day, June 22, British, Russian, German, Italian, and Japanese reenforcements arrived, making a combined force of about 2,000 men. The foreign city of Tientsin was entered and the siege raised. On Sunday morning, June 25, an advance was made to the relief of Admiral Seymour's command, who were intrenched at a point about 8 miles from Tientsin. This movement was accomplished with little opposition, and early on the morning of July 14 the walled city of Tientsin was captured by the allied forces.

"In this action, in which 22 officers and 326 men, under Col. R.L. Meade, participated, Capt. A.R. Davis, U.S. Marine Corps, was killed at the side of his commanding officer in the advanced trench; Capts. William B. Lemly and Charles G. Long, First Lieuts. Smedley D. Butler and Henry Leonard were wounded; a sergeant, a corporal, and 2 enlisted men were killed, and a sergeant, 2 corporals, and 12 enlisted men were wounded.

"To record the instances of gallantry displayed by our officers and men at the capture of Tientsin would almost be equivalent to a publication of the entire roster.

He was survived by his parents and four siblings.


He was assigned to the battleship Oregon "after some sea service;" he was aboard that ship when she made the voyage from San Francisco to Santiago for the Spanish-American War. Afterwards "he was ordered to the Asiatic station."

Class of 1892

Austin is the only member of the Class of 1892 in Memorial Hall.