From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall
Frederic Holman '97

Date of birth: March 1874

Date of death: August 13, 1902

Age: 28

Lucky Bag

From the 1897 Lucky Bag:

Holman, Frederic Ralph

Sioux City, Iowa


Second Class Buzzard; gave advice concerning Class Ring; voted for Hop Committee.

Holman, Frederic Ralph

Sioux City, Iowa


Second Class Buzzard; gave advice concerning Class Ring; voted for Hop Committee.


Photo scanned and provided by Jennifer Bryan, Ph.D., Head of Special Collections & Archives/Archivist at the Naval Academy's Nimitz Library
Photo from Illustrated American, September 2, 1898; located by Kathy Franz.

Frederic "died on board the U.S.S. Celtic Aug. 13, 1902;" he went missing overnight while underway from Manila to Sydney.

Though initial reports are that he "jumped" from the ship, by October 30 the "theory was discredited" and the ship's captain was censured for reporting it without witnesses or any basis in fact. A naval board of inquiry ruled his death an accident.

From researcher Kathy Franz:

He lived in Denver in 1880 with his father Henry who was a jeweler, mother Carrie, sister Maud and brother Charles. Later moved to Sioux City. Henry was called "Doc". I saw one of his jewelry ads as "Doc", but his name appears as "Dr." in the news articles. Maud married Frank Marshall, and they named their son Holman, born 1892.

Navy Directories & Officer Registers

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.

January 1898
Naval Cadet, Texas

Others at this command:
January 1899
Naval Cadet, Texas
January 1900
Ensign, Texas
January 1901
Ensign, Petrel

Others at this command:
January 1902
Ensign, Celtic

Class of 1897

Frederic is one of 3 members of the Class of 1897 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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