JESSE M. ROPER, CDR, USN
Jesse Roper '72
Date of birth: October 29, 1851
Date of death: March 31, 1901
The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.
Jesse Mims Roper was admitted to the Naval Academy from Glasgow, Missouri on June 23, 1868 at age 16 years 7 months.
Born at Glasgow, Missouri, Roper was appointed midshipman in June 1868 and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1872. Commissioned lieutenant commander in 1899, he assumed command of USS Petrel (PG-2) shortly thereafter. On 31 March 1901, while Petrel was moored at Cavite, Philippine Islands, fire broke out in the sail room, adjacent to the magazines. Lieutenant Commander Roper went down into the burning area twice to rescue trapped seamen. Lieutenant Commander Roper was overcome by smoke on his second descent and suffocated before help could reach him.
He is buried in the Naval Academy Cemetery.
Midshipman, 23 June, 1868. Graduated 1 June, 1872. Ensign, 15 July, 1873. Master, 25 November, 1877. Lieutenant, Junior Grade, 3 March, 1583. Lieutenant, 5 June, 1884. Lieutenant Commander, 3 March, 1899.
USS Roper (DD 147) was named for Jesse; the ship was sponsored by his widow.
Memorial Hall Error
Jesse was a Lieutenant Commander; he is listed in Memorial Hall as a Commander.