From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Prince '12

Date of birth: unknown

Date of death: November 1, 1918

Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

John Coleman Prince, "Jack," from Connecticut, is listed as "Unaccounted For."


John was lost on November 1, 1918 while leading a raid on the Western Front in France.

From The Day (New London, Connecticut):

Maj. John Coleman Prince, the son of a New London dentist, had a similar experience. He attended the Naval Academy for two years but joined the Army in 1911 and served in the cavalry expedition that hunted Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa.

In the closing days of the war, he found himself in the segregated 92nd Division of black troops and mostly white officers called the Buffalo Soldiers Division.

On Nov. 1, 1918, Prince led a raiding party over German lines in search of information. The party was fired on, and Prince was struck. He was captured and died two hours later.

Initially reported missing, he was confirmed killed in a telegram the war department sent to his parents two months later, after the joy of the armistice.

John is buried in France.


The American Legion Post in New London, Connecticut, is named for John.

Class of 1912

John is one of 6 members of the Class of 1912 in Memorial Hall.