From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

David McDermut '47

Date of birth: March 24, 1824

Date of death: April 18, 1863

Age: 39

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.


David was lost on April 18, 1862, when he was shot while leading a reconnaissance party ashore at Sabine Pass, Texas. He was the commanding officer of USS Cayuga (1861).

He was born in, and appointed to the Naval Academy from, New York. He is also buried in New York.

He is listed on the killed in action panel in the front of Memorial Hall.


From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Midshipman, 8 November, 1841. Passed Midshipman, 10 August, 1847. Master, 1 March, 1855. Lieutenant, 14 September, 1855. Lieutenant Commander, 16 July, 1862. Killed in action 18 April, 1863.

From Find A Grave:

During the Civil War, he served in Potomac and Marion before assuming command of Cayuga on December 2, 1862.


USS McDermut (DD 262) and USS McDermut (DD 677) were named for David; the latter ship was sponsored by Mrs. Woodrow Wilson, widow of the 28th President of the United States.

Class of 1847

David is one of 31 members of the Class of 1847 on Virtual Memorial Hall.