From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Frederick Danner '74

Date of birth: October 7, 1851

Date of death: November 24, 1877

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.

Naval Academy Register

Frederick William Danner was admitted to the Naval Academy from Redowee, Alabama on June 23, 1869 at age 17 years 7 months.


Frederick was lost on November 24, 1877 when USS Huron (1875) went aground and then wrecked in heavy weather off Nags Head, North Carolina. Ninety-seven other officers and men were also lost.

He is buried in New York.


From Army & Navy Journal on December 1, 1877:

Ensign Danner was appointed June 23, 1869, from Redowee, Randolph county, Ala., and graduated in October, 1874. He was promoted to Ensign July 17, 1876. A classmate says of him: "Mr. Danner was a promising, intelligent, and energetic young officer, a thorough gentleman, always kind and courteous, a faithful friend and a model shipmate. He was unswerving in his adherence to the highest principles of honor, firm in the discharge of duty and zealous to sustain the good reputation of the honorable service to which he belonged. His sad death is to be deeply regretted, not only by his numerous friends, but by the whole country and those belonging to the naval service, over which his fate and that of the gallant officers and men who perished with him as cast a deep gloom."


From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Midshipman, 23, June, 1869. Graduated 15 October, 1874. Ensign, 17 July, 1875. Lost on Huron, 24 November, 1877.

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George Ryan '61, Sydney Simons '67, Lambert Palmer '68, James Wight '71, Walter French '71, and Edmund Loomis '75 were also lost when Huron was wrecked.

Class of 1874

Frederick is the only member of the Class of 1874 in Memorial Hall.