From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

William Gise '93

Date of birth: June 22, 1871

Date of death: June 28, 1909

Age: 38

Naval Academy Register

William Kern Gise was admitted to the Naval Academy from Illinois on June 14, 1889.

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.


William Kern Gise "died while on duty" on June 28, 1909 as the executive officer of the naval station at Tutuila, Samoa. Unable to determine the circumstances of his death, but there is nothing to suggest it was operational in nature.

Register of Alumni gives date of death as June 29 but no other information.

He was survived by his mother and two siblings; he is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. (William's body was originally buried in Samoa, but re-interred in September 1910.)

In 1906 he was stationed in the Washington, D.C. area; as a Lieutenant he was in charge of "a battalion of marines and bluejackets" during a funeral at Arlington National Cemetery.

He was a veteran of the Spanish-American War, having served in Texas during the Battle of Santiago. He at one time commanded the presidential yacht Sylph.

Class of 1893

William is one of 2 members of the Class of 1893 on Virtual Memorial Hall.