From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall
John Cain, Jr. '54

Date of birth: 1835

Date of death: August 12, 1855

Age: ~20


John died of yellow fever while aboard USS Falmouth (1827) on August 12, 1855. The ship was at sea from New York to Key West at the time.

Other Information

He was one of six members of the entering class of 1851 who "were advanced and permitted to complete the course in three years."

From researcher Kathy Franz: "John was 5'5" tall with hazel eyes, black hair, and a ruddy complexion. Besides sisters Virginia, Missoura and Jerusha, John had an older brother Andrew and a sister Julia. In 1850 John's father was a hotelkeeper in Center, Indiana (now Indianapolis.)"

He is buried in Indiana.


From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Acting Midshipman, 4 October, 1851. Midshipman, 10 June, 1854. Died 12 August, 1855.

Memorial Hall Error

Illness is not a criteria for inclusion in Memorial Hall. Also, John was a Midshipman at the time of his death; the rank of Ensign did not exist until 1862.

Class of 1854

John is one of 2 members of the Class of 1854 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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