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 Vanwas 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.