From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Furse '01

Date of birth: April 20, 1880

Date of death: September 30, 1907

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1901 Lucky Bag:

Biography & Loss

From Wikipedia:

Furse, born 20 April 1880 in South Carolina, was a member of the United States Naval Academy class of 1901. His first service was on the Asiatic Station, where he served in Manila during a scientific expedition, as well as in other ships. Returning to the United States, he joined Illinois (BB-7) 29 September 1904, and in her served in Cuban waters. Lieutenant Furse died on board Illinois 30 September 1907, of injuries received fighting a storm which threatened his ship.

He is buried in Georgia.


USS Furse (DD 882) was named for Frank; the ship was sponsored by his sister.

Navy Directories & Officer Registers

The "Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps" was published annually from 1815 through at least the 1970s; it provided rank, command or station, and occasionally billet until the beginning of World War II when command/station was no longer included. Scanned copies were reviewed and data entered from the mid-1840s through 1922, when more-frequent Navy Directories were available.

The Navy Directory was a publication that provided information on the command, billet, and rank of every active and retired naval officer. Single editions have been found online from January 1915 and March 1918, and then from three to six editions per year from 1923 through 1940; the final edition is from April 1941.

The entries in both series of documents are sometimes cryptic and confusing. They are often inconsistent, even within an edition, with the name of commands; this is especially true for aviation squadrons in the 1920s and early 1930s.

Alumni listed at the same command may or may not have had significant interactions; they could have shared a stateroom or workspace, stood many hours of watch together… or, especially at the larger commands, they might not have known each other at all. The information provides the opportunity to draw connections that are otherwise invisible, though, and gives a fuller view of the professional experiences of these alumni in Memorial Hall.

January 1902

Naval Cadet, Manila

January 1903

Midshipman, Isla de Cuba

January 1904

Ensign, Cincinnati

January 1905

Ensign, Illinois

July 1906

Lieutenant, Illinois

July 1907

Lieutenant, Illinois

Others at this command:

Class of 1901

John is one of 5 members of the Class of 1901 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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