JOHN R. PHELAN, MASTER, USN
John Phelan '66
Date of birth: September 24, 1846
Date of death: January 24, 1870
The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.
John Rogers Phelan was admitted to the Naval Academy from Pennsylvania on April 17, 1862 at age 15 years 8 months.
John was lost on January 24, 1870 when USS Oneida was sunk following a collision with a British merchant steamer while departing Yokohama harbor, Japan. One hundred twenty-four other officers and men were also lost.
A detailed account of the event is available here.
He has a memory marker in Pennsylvania.
Midshipman, 17 April, 1862. Graduated June, 1866. Ensign, 12 March, 1868. Master, 26 March, 1869. Lost on the Oneida, 24 January, 1870.
Memorial Hall Error
John's tombstone has his rank as Lieutenant; suspect posthumous promotion.