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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Class of 1863

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