From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Darwin Merritt '95

Date of birth: April 12, 1872

Date of death: February 15, 1898

Age: 25

Lucky Bag

From the 1895 Lucky Bag:


"This portrait is from the book THE "MAINE": AN ACCOUNT OF HER DESTRUCTION IN HAVANA HARBOR by Capt. Charles D. Sigsbee (New York: The Centry Co., 1899), facing p. 96."

Darwin was lost on February 15, 1898 when USS Maine (Armored Cruiser No. 1) was destroyed in an explosion in Havana Harbor, Cuba.

He is buried in Iowa.

He is listed on the killed in action panel in the front of Memorial Hall under the heading "MAINE EXPLOSION 1898."

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John Blandin '82 and Friend Jenkins '86 were also aboard Maine when she was destroyed.

Class of 1895

Darwin is one of 6 members of the Class of 1895 on Virtual Memorial Hall.