FRIEND W. JENKINS, LTJG, USN
Friend Jenkins '86
Date of birth: June 26, 1865
Date of death: February 15, 1898
The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.
Friend William Jenkins was admitted to the Naval Academy from Pennsylvania on September 28, 1882 at age 17 years 3 months.
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."
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.
Friend's classmates erected a plaque in his honor in Memorial Hall. It reads in part: "He spoke evil of no man."
Memorial Hall Error
Friend was a Lieutenant junior grade; he was promoted over a year prior to his death. Memorial Hall lists him as an Ensign.
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.
Naval Cadet, Atlanta
Ensign, Naval Ordnance Proving Grounds, Indian Head, Maryland
Lieutenant (j.g.), Maine