From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Kelly '57

Date of birth: unknown

Date of death: August 5, 1864

Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.


John was lost on August 5, 1864 when USS Tecumseh (1863), a monitor, was sunk by a mine during the Battle of Mobile Bay. He was the ship's executive officer.

"John W. Kelly"—unable to find his middle name—was born in Ireland and appointed to the Naval Academy from Pennsylvania. He is listed on the killed in action panel in the front of Memorial Hall.


From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Acting Midshipman, 31 January, 1853. Midshipman, 10 June, 1857. Passed Midshipman, 25 June, 1860. Master, 24 October, 1860. Lieutenant, 18 April, 1861. Lost on Tecumseh, 5 August, 1864.

Class of 1857

John is the only member of the Class of 1857 in Memorial Hall.