From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

William Reily '47

Date of birth: unknown

Date of death: September 21, 1854

Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

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.

From Cybrarygoddess:

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.


From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Midshipman, 9 February, 1841. Passed Midshipman, 10 August, 1847. Acting Master, 11 December, 1852. Lost in Porpoise, 21 September, 1854.

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William's son, William Reily '75, whom he never met, was killed in the battle at Little Bighorn. The son was named for his classmate and shipmate, William Van Wyck '47.

Memorial Hall Error

William's middle name was Hamilton; this is omitted in Memorial Hall.

Class of 1847

William is one of 31 members of the Class of 1847 on Virtual Memorial Hall.