From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Reed '63

Date of birth: 1842

Date of death: January 11, 1868

Age: ~25

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.

Naval Academy Register

John Henry Reed was admitted to the Naval Academy from Michigan on September 28, 1859 at age 17 years 1 months.


From "Dangers of Naval Life" by Arthur H. Dutton, former Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, in the January-June 1909 issue of "The Overland Monthly":

On January 11, 1868, Rear-Admiral Bell and his Flag-Lieutenant, John H. Reed, were drowned by the capsizing of their boat while proceeding up the Osaka river, Japan.

He was on his way to shore from USS Hartford (1858), the flagship of Rear Admiral Henry H. Bell.


From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Acting Midshipman, 28 September, 1859. Ensign, 25 November, 1862. Lieutenant, 22 February, 1864. Lieutenant Commander, 25 July, 1866. Drowned 11 January, 1868.

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Edward Hazeltine '63 was also involved in an operation under Farragut during the Civil War.

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.

September 1861

Acting Midshipman, Second Class, Frigate Potomac

Others at this command: Acting MIDN David Wemple '63.

Class of 1863

John is one of 14 members of the Class of 1863 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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