From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

George Bower '68

Date of birth: April 10, 1848

Date of death: January 24, 1870

Age: 21

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.

Naval Academy Register

George Kremer Bower was admitted to the Naval Academy from Pennsylvania on September 26, 1864 at age 16 years 5 months.


George was lost on January 24, 1870 when USS Oneida was sunk following a collision with a British merchant steamer while departing Yokohama harbor, Japan. One hundred twenty-four other officers and men were also lost.

A detailed account of the event is available here.

He has a memory marker in Pennsylvania.


From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Midshipman, 28 September, 1864. Graduated 2 June, 1868. Lost on board the Oneida, 24 January, 1870.

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Edward Williams '53, William Stewart '61, John Phelan '66, Charles Brown '67, James Cowie '67, Charles Copp '68, James Hull '68, William Uhler '68, and George Adams '68 were also lost aboard Oneida.

Class of 1868

George is one of 11 members of the Class of 1868 on Virtual Memorial Hall.