FRANCIS GREGORY, PASSED MIDN, USN
Francis Gregory '46
Date of birth: unknown
Date of death: February 27, 1852
The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.
Life & Loss
He was born in New York and appointed to the Naval Academy from Connecticut.
It seems unlikely that Francis's loss was operational in nature; there is no mention of any cause in many documented references.
Midshipman, 23 May, 1840. Passed Midshipman, 11 July, 1846. Died 27 February, 1852.
Memorial Hall Error
In Memorial Hall his first name is given as "Frank;" in the in the 1850 Officer Register and at the Naval History and Heritage Command it is "Francis." Also, he is listed as an Ensign; however, this rank did not exist until 1862. Should be Passed Midshipman.
The "Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps" was published annually from 1815 through at least the 1970s; it provided rank, command or station, and occasionally billet until the beginning of World War II when command/station was no longer included. Scanned copies were reviewed and data entered from the mid-1840s through 1922, when more-frequent Navy Directories were available.
The Navy Directory was a publication that provided information on the command, billet, and rank of every active and retired naval officer. Single editions have been found online from January 1915 and March 1918, and then from three to six editions per year from 1923 through 1940; the final edition is from April 1941.
The entries in both series of documents are sometimes cryptic and confusing. They are often inconsistent, even within an edition, with the name of commands; this is especially true for aviation squadrons in the 1920s and early 1930s.
Alumni listed at the same command may or may not have had significant interactions; they could have shared a stateroom or workspace, stood many hours of watch together… or, especially at the larger commands, they might not have known each other at all. The information provides the opportunity to draw connections that are otherwise invisible, though, and gives a fuller view of the professional experiences of these alumni in Memorial Hall.
Midshipman, Frigate Constellation
Midshipman, Frigate Savannah
Midshipman, Naval School
Others at this command: MIDN Charles Dyer, Jr. '46, MIDN Charles Waddell '46, MIDN Edward Stout '46, MIDN Frederick Wheelock '46, MIDN Garrit Denniston '46, MIDN George Welsh '46, MIDN William Nelson '46, MIDN Allen Byrens '47, MIDN James Somerville '47, MIDN Joseph Smith '47, MIDN Simeon Bassett '47, and MIDN Thomas Wainwright '47.
Passed Midshipman, Steamer Mississippi
Passed Midshipman, Schooner Petrel
Passed Midshipman, Frigate Raritan
Others at this command: MIDN Charles Flusser '53.
Passed Midshipman, Pacific Squadron
Passed Midshipman, waiting orders