From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Jesse Roper '72

Date of birth: October 29, 1851

Date of death: March 31, 1901

Age: 49

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.

Naval Academy Register

Jesse Mims Roper was admitted to the Naval Academy from Glasgow, Missouri on June 23, 1868 at age 16 years 7 months.


From Wikipedia:

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.


From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

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.

Note Jesse is listed in Memorial Hall as a Commander. Posthumous promotion?


USS Roper (DD 147) was named for Jesse; the ship was sponsored by his widow.

Class of 1872

Jesse is one of 2 members of the Class of 1872 on Virtual Memorial Hall.