DAVID D. WEMPLE, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

David Wemple '63

Date of birth: June 21, 1843

Date of death: December 24, 1864

Age: 21

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.

Naval Academy Register

David Duane Wemple was admitted to the Naval Academy from Wisconsin on September 24, 1858 at age 15 years 3 months.

Loss

From Find A Grave:

David was a son of Peter Douw Wemple and Eliza (Davis) Wemple. The Wemple's had four sons serve in the Civil War.

David was killed aboard the U.S.S. Juanita when a 100 pound Parrott Rifle he was standing behind burst at the breech, wounding him severly. The gun was being fired against Fort Fisher.

The following is a portion of a letter David wrote to his parents on December 14, 1864:

Dear Father and Mother, We are on our way to Wilmington where we will most likely have a fight and perhaps a bad one. Of course all of us must stand our chances in the fight, of being killed or wounded, and consequently I will. Should the fortunes of war deprive me of this life I would simply say that I will go willingly for the dear, dear old flag that protects me. I should prefer living to see this rebellion put down and our dear country once more enjoying peace and quiet, but if it is necessary I am willing to go now, and beg you all to give me up willingly for our country and mourn not my loss, but rather rejoice that I died in a glorious cause - Our Country! Let not my loss decrease your patriotism but let it increase it and willingly sacrifice all for our country and flag.

Three of his brothers served during the war; one of them was killed in action in March 1863.

He is listed on the killed in action panel in the front of Memorial Hall, and is buried in Wisconsin.

Career

From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Acting Midshipman, 24 September, 1858. Ensign, 25 November, 1862. Lieutenant, 22 February, 1864. Killed 24 December, 1864.


Class of 1863

David is one of 14 members of the Class of 1863 in Memorial Hall.