From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Benjamin Thurston '83

Date of birth: 1864

Date of death: June 8, 1896

Age: ~31

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.

Naval Academy Register

Benjamin Easton Thurston was admitted to the Naval Academy from Indiana on September 22, 1879 at age 15 years 5 months.

Life & Loss

Unable to find any details about Benjamin's loss, except that he died in Yokohama, Japan on June 8, 1896.

He is buried in Minnesota. (He was survived by a brother, who named his eldest son Benjamin Easton Thurston; this Benjamin graduated West Point in 1926 and retired a Colonel following combat service in World War II.)


From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Cadet Midshipman, 29 September, 1879. Ensign, 1 July, 1885. Lieutenant. Junior Grade, 2 February, 1895. Died 8 June, 1896.

In 1884 he was listed as aboard USS Shenandoah (1862).

In 1894 he was an Ensign receiving ordinance instruction at the Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.

Class of 1883

Benjamin is one of 4 members of the Class of 1883 on Virtual Memorial Hall.