From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Friend Jenkins '86

Date of birth: June 26, 1865

Date of death: February 15, 1898

Age: 32

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.

Naval Academy Register

Friend William Jenkins was admitted to the Naval Academy from Pennsylvania on September 28, 1882 at age 17 years 3 months.


1886 Jenkins 1.jpg

From Find A Grave:

United States Naval Officer. A Lieutenant in the United States Navy, he was one of two officers killed in the sinking of the "USS Maine" in Havana harbor on February 15, 1898. He drowned when he was unable to reach an escape hatch as the vessel quickly sank. His remains were returned to his native Pittsburgh, where they lay in state at City Hall.

Friend is buried in Pennsylvania. He is listed on the killed in action panel in the front of Memorial Hall under the heading "MAINE EXPLOSION 1898."


From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Naval Cadet, 28 September, 1882. Ensign, 1 July, 1888. Lieutenant, Junior Grade, 5 January, 1897. Drowned 15 February, 1898.


Jenkins Road aboard Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren is named for him.

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Darwin Merritt '95 and John Blandin '82 were also aboard Maine when she was destroyed.

Class of 1886

Friend is one of 2 members of the Class of 1886 on Virtual Memorial Hall.