From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Herbert Sparrow '99

Date of birth: August 4, 1877

Date of death: January 21, 1924

Age: 46

Naval Academy Register

Herbert George Sparrow was admitted to the Naval Academy from Ohio on September 6, 1895.

Lucky Bag

From the 1899 Lucky Bag:


Herbert was lost on January 21, 1924 when he drowned while attempting to free his command, USS Tacoma (CL 20), from the reef upon which she was grounded.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery; he was survived by his wife and son, who later graduated the US Military Academy and retired as a Major General in the Army.


In the 1915 Navy Directory he was a Lieutenant Commander at the Bureau of Steam Engineering, Navy Department, Washington, D.C.

Class of 1899

Herbert is one of 4 members of the Class of 1899 on Virtual Memorial Hall.