From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Charles Emrich '91

Date of birth: August 28, 1870

Date of death: February 23, 1900

Age: 29

Naval Academy Register

Charles Rolf Emrich was admitted to the Naval Academy from Illinois on May 19, 1887.

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.


Charles died of typhoid in Hong Kong on February 23, 1900. (Also mentioned in the New York Times and the Army and Navy Journal and Gazette ).

He was stationed with the cruiser Brooklyn in the Philippines.

Charles was survived by his wife; they are buried in Arlington National Cemetery. He also has a memory marker in Illinois.

From Naval History and Heritage Command:

Naval Cadet, 19 May, 1887. Assistant Engineer, 1 July, 1893. Passed Assistant Engineer, 22 December, 1897. Rank changed to Lieutenant, Junior Grade, 3 March, 1899. Died 23 February, 1900.

The Register of Alumni lists his date of death as February 22, 1900 and his rank as LT but gives no other information.

He was born in Galesburg, Illinois, on August 28, 1870; his father was editor of the Galesburg Plain Dealer.

It seems that he was on the promotion list; another officer was promoted in his place following Charles' death.


At the Naval Academy he was the captain of the football team his senior year; this was the first time the team played Army. (Navy won, 24-0.) The Army captain, Dennis Michie, was killed in action during the Spanish-American war.

Class of 1891

Charles is the only member of the Class of 1891 in Memorial Hall.