WORTH BAGLEY, ENS, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Worth Bagley '95

Date of birth: April 6, 1874

Date of death: May 11, 1898

Age: 24

Lucky Bag

From the 1895 Lucky Bag:


Biography & Loss

"From the book: The Story of Our Wonderful Victories Told By Dewey, Schley, Wheeler, and Other Heroes (Philadelphia: American Book and Bible House, 1899), in section of illustrations between pp. 96-97."

From Wikipedia:

Born in Raleigh, North Carolina, a son of William Henry Bagley, he graduated at the United States Naval Academy in 1895. After serving two years on USS Montgomery, USS Texas, and USS Maine, he was made ensign, July 1, 1897. In November he was appointed inspector of the new torpedo-boat, USS Winslow and when she went into commission on December 28, he was assigned as her executive officer under Lieutenant John Baptiste Bernadou.

In April 1898, the Winslow was with the fleet, mobilized for operations in Cuban waters. On the morning of May 11 the ship went with USRC Hudson and USS Wilmington to force the entrance to the harbor of Cárdenas. She was fired upon by the Spanish gunboat Antonio López, and immediately there was a general engagement. The Winslow was soon disabled, and was with difficulty hauled out of range of the Spanish guns by Hudson. Just as the engagement ended, Ensign Bagley and four sailors were killed by a shell.

He is buried in North Carolina.

Namesake

The ships Bagley (Torpedo Boat No. 24), USS Bagley (DD 185) (sponsored by his mother), and USS Bagley (DD 386) (sponsored by his sister) were named for him. USS Bagley (FF 1069) was named for Worth and his brother, Admiral David W. Bagley (sponsored by David's widow).


Class of 1895

Worth is one of 6 members of the Class of 1895 in Memorial Hall.