From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Charles Hovey '07

Date of birth: January 10, 1885

Date of death: September 24, 1911

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

From the 1907 Lucky Bag:


From Naval History and Heritage Command:

Charles Emerson Hovey was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on 10 January 1885. He was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy in May 1903, graduating in June 1907 with the rank of Midshipman. During the next three years he was assigned to the battleships Ohio and Idaho. Promoted to Ensign in June 1909, and transferred to the Asiatic Fleet in 1910, he served in Philippines waters with the gunboats Mindoro and Pampanga. On 24 September 1911, while leading a landing force at Lapurap, Basilan, Ensign Charles E. Hovey was killed in action with hostile Moros.

Charles is listed on the killed in action panel in Memorial Hall under the heading "PHILIPPINE ISLANDS CAMPAIGN 1911."

He was survived by his mother and two sisters; he is buried in New Hampshire.


From Together We Served:

  • 1907-1909, USS Ohio (BB-12)
  • 1909-1910, USS Idaho (BB-24)
  • 1910-1911, USS Mindoro (1899) gunboat
  • 1911-1911, USS Pampanga (PG-39)

He was the original author of the Watch Officer's Manual.


USS Hovey (Destroyer No. 208) was named for Charles; the ship was sponsored by his sister, Louise.

From Wikipedia:

Veterans of Foreign Wars post #168 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is named for him as Emerson Hovey. There is some irony in this - the Philippine conflict was not classified as a "foreign war" at the time of his death, since the Philippines was then a U.S. colony. There is a fountain in Portsmouth's waterfront Prescott Park honoring him.

Class of 1907

Charles is one of 13 members of the Class of 1907 on Virtual Memorial Hall.