From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Daniel Appleton '17

Date of birth: June 27, 1893

Date of death: November 3, 1924

Age: 31

Naval Academy Register

Daniel Sidney Appleton was admitted to the Naval Academy from Georgia on May 2, 1913 at age 19 years 10 months.

He stood number 19 in his class following his plebe year, but 106 after 3/c year. He was "dismissed" on December 15, 1915.

Lucky Bag

"D.S. Appleton" is listed on the page titled "Lost At Sea."


"Fort Jay, New York. On the right is Captain Daniel Sidney Appleton, Commanding Officer of K Company 22nd Infantry, standing in front of his quarters (note sign on steps), along with his first son Daniel Sidney Appleton Jr. The unknown gentleman with the top hat is presumed to be Appleton's father but may be Captain Appleton's uncle Major General (Retired) Daniel Appleton."

Daniel died of an unspecified cause on November 3, 1924 in Washington, D.C.

From the Army Register, he was born in New York and entered the service from Washington, D.C. on November 30, 1916. He was immediately promoted to 1LT, to date from December 4, 1916. He became a Captain of Infantry on August 3, 1917.

He was survived by his wife and two sons, Daniel Jr. and Alanson; he is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. His place of death is listed as Washington, D.C.

It's unclear why he is listed first on the Class of 1917 plaque in Memorial Hall. The Register of Alumni gives his name, rank, USA, but no other information.


On September 16, 1920, there was a large bomb detonated in New York City that killed 38 and injured over 400 others. Daniel was in command of Company K, 22nd Infantry Regiment, Fort Jay, and responded with his company to assist the police in crowd control.

"Captain Appleton is also the officer who compiled the official history of the 22nd Infantry Regiment, from the years 1904-1922."

In 1917 he was the commanding officer of Company E, 22nd Infantry Regiment.

In September 1922 he was with the 65th Infantry in Puerto Rico; his son Alanson was born there.

Class of 1917

Daniel is one of 8 members of the Class of 1917 on Virtual Memorial Hall.