From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

George Trever '09

Date of birth: June 11, 1885

Date of death: October 14, 1918

Age: 33

Lucky Bag

From the 1909 Lucky Bag:


From Pig Boats:

George Arthur Trever (11 June 1885 – 14 October 1918) was an officer in the United States Navy in the early 1900s.

Born in Waupun, Wisconsin, Trever was appointed to the Naval Academy in May 1905 and graduated on 4 June 1909. He spent the years prior to his commissioning in cruises in Pennsylvania (Armored Cruiser No. 4); Princeton (Gunboat No. 13); and Annapolis (Gunboat No. 10). Receiving the single gold stripe of an ensign while serving in Rowan (Torpedo Boat No. 8) on 5 June 1911, Trever assumed command of that vessel later that month. In September 1912, he was transferred to Farragut (Torpedo Boat No. 11); and he commanded her until early 1914, when detached to report on board Cheyenne (Monitor No. 10).

Following his tour in Cheyenne, newly promoted Lt. (j.g.) Trever was ordered to H-1 (Submarine No. 28), then attached to the Pacific Fleet. After a two-year tour of duty commanding H-1, he reported for duty at the Mare Island Navy Yard. In the spring of 1917, Trever reported to the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, to supervise the building of N-1 (Submarine No. 53), then on the ways at the Seattle Construction and Drydock Company, Seattle, Washington. N-1 was commissioned on 26 September 1917 and operated put of Puget Sound until transferred to New York late in the year for patrol duties in the Atlantic.

In May 1918, Trever was ordered to the Fore River Shipbuilding Company, Quincy, Massachusetts, to assist in fitting out O-5 (Submarine No. 66). He assumed command of the new O-boat on 9 June 1918 and received the temporary rank of lieutenant commander on 1 July 1918.

On 5 October 1918, during post-commissioning trials, a battery explosion occurred on board O-5, in which Trever was injured and Lt.(jg) William Joseph Sharkey and EM/2c James L. Still were killed. Nine days later, at the naval hospital, Brooklyn, New York, on 14 October 1918, Lt. Comdr. George A. Trever died as a result of the severe and multiple injuries suffered in the shipboard tragedy.

Navy Cross

From Pig Boats:

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Commander George Arthur Trever, United States Navy, for distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. O-5, operating against enemy submarines off the Atlantic coast of the United States during World War I.


USS Trever (DD 339) was named for George; the ship was sponsored by his widow, Bess.

Class of 1909

George is one of 9 members of the Class of 1909 on Virtual Memorial Hall.