From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Walter Reno '05

Date of birth: October 3, 1881

Date of death: November 19, 1917

Age: 36

Lucky Bag

From the 1905 Lucky Bag:

Biography & Loss

"Photo taken prior to World War I when a Lieutenant."

From Naval History and Heritage Command:

Walter Elsworth Reno was born in Davis County, Iowa, on 3 October 1881. He entered the U.S. Naval Academy in 1901 and graduated in 1905. While a junior officer, Reno served primarily in battleships. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 1910 and during the next four years was stationed in the battleships New Jersey and Wisconsin. From early 1914 until early 1916 he was Officer in Charge at the Chicago, Illinois, Navy Recruiting Station.

Lieutenant Reno then went out to the Philippines, where he took command of the destroyer Chauncey. In the Summer of 1917, after United States had entered World War I, Reno brought his ship from the Far East to the European war zone. While on convoy escort duty west of Gibraltar during the night of 19 November 1917, Chauncey was rammed by a merchant steamer and sank, taking with her Lieutenant Commander Reno and twenty of his ship's officers and men.


USS Reno (DD 303) was named for Walter.

Memorial Hall Error

Walter is listed on the killed in action panel at the front of Memorial Hall. His loss is more accurately characterized as operational, though, as there were no enemy forces in the area.

Class of 1905

Walter is one of 4 members of the Class of 1905 on Virtual Memorial Hall.