JOSEPH C. BRECKINRIDGE, ENS, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Joseph Breckinridge '95

Date of birth: March 6, 1872

Date of death: February 11, 1898

Age: 25

Lucky Bag

From the 1895 Lucky Bag:

Biography & Loss

From Find A Grave:

Joseph Cabell Breckinridge (6 March 1872 – 11 February 1898) was an officer in the United States Navy in the Spanish-American War. He was the son of Joseph Cabell Breckinridge, Sr., a Major General in the United States Army, and a member of the prominent Breckinridge family.

Breckinridge was born in Fort Monroe, Virginia and graduated from the Naval Academy in 1895. He served on the battleship Texas, where on several occasions he displayed remarkable coolness and ability in times of peril.

While serving on the USS Cushing (TB-1), Ensign Breckinridge was washed overboard and drowned in Cuban waters. Two sailors who attempted to rescue him, Ship's Cook First Class Daniel Atkins and Gunner's Mate Third Class John Everetts, were awarded the Medal of Honor for their actions during the incident.

He is buried in Kentucky.

Namesake

USS Breckinridge (DD 148) was named for Joseph; the ship was sponsored by his niece.


Class of 1895

Joseph is one of 5 members of the Class of 1895 in Memorial Hall.