WILLIAM H. REILY, PASSED MIDN, USN
William Reily '47
Date of birth: unknown
Date of death: September 21, 1854
The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.
William was lost sometime after September 21, 1854 when USS Porpoise (1836) disappeared between Formosa and China.
He was born in Washington, D.C. and appointed to the Naval Academy from Maryland.
He married Ellen T. Roche in March 1853.
They had a son, William Van Wyck Reily, born December 1853 in the District of Columbia.
2nd Lt. William Van Wyck Reily was killed with Lt. Col. George A. Custer’s battalion at the battle of Little Bighorn in June 1876.
Midshipman, 9 February, 1841. Passed Midshipman, 10 August, 1847. Acting Master, 11 December, 1852. Lost in Porpoise, 21 September, 1854.
Memorial Hall Error
William's middle name was Hamilton; this is omitted in Memorial Hall.
The "Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps" was published annually from 1815 through at least the 1970s; it provided rank, command or station, and occasionally billet until the beginning of World War II when command/station was no longer included. Scanned copies were reviewed and data entered from the mid-1840s through 1922, when more-frequent Navy Directories were available.
The Navy Directory was a publication that provided information on the command, billet, and rank of every active and retired naval officer. Single editions have been found online from January 1915 and March 1918, and then from three to six editions per year from 1923 through 1940; the final edition is from April 1941.
The entries in both series of documents are sometimes cryptic and confusing. They are often inconsistent, even within an edition, with the name of commands; this is especially true for aviation squadrons in the 1920s and early 1930s.
Alumni listed at the same command may or may not have had significant interactions; they could have shared a stateroom or workspace, stood many hours of watch together… or, especially at the larger commands, they might not have known each other at all. The information provides the opportunity to draw connections that are otherwise invisible, though, and gives a fuller view of the professional experiences of these alumni in Memorial Hall.
Midshipman, Frigate Congress
Midshipman, Frigate Congress
Others at this command: MIDN Thomas Eaton '47.
Midshipman, Steamer Princeton
Others at this command: MIDN William Van Wyck '47.
Midshipman, Naval School
Others at this command: MIDN Colville Terrett '46, MIDN James Somerville '47, MIDN Richard Price '47, MIDN Simeon Bassett '47, MIDN Theodoric Walker '47, MIDN Thomas Eaton '47, MIDN Thomas Roney '47, PASSED MIDN Thomas Brodhead '47, and MIDN William Bridge '47.
Passed Midshipman, Schooner Bonito
Passed Midshipman, leave of absence
Passed Midshipman, Sloop Falmouth
Others at this command: PASSED MIDN William Bridge '47.
Passed Midshipman, Store Ship Supply
Others at this command: PASSED MIDN Sylvanus Bliss '47.
Passed Midshipman, Brig Porpoise