FRANCIS GREGORY, PASSED MIDN, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Francis Gregory '46

Date of birth: unknown

Date of death: February 27, 1852

Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.

Life & Loss

Unable to find any details about Frank's life or loss, except that he died on February 27, 1852 in Norfolk, Virginia.

He was born in New York and appointed to the Naval Academy from Connecticut.

Career

From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Midshipman, 23 May, 1840. Passed Midshipman, 11 July, 1846. Died 27 February, 1852.

Memorial Hall Error

In Memorial Hall his first name is given as "Frank;" in the in the 1850 Officer Register and at the Naval History and Heritage Command it is "Francis." Also, he is listed as an Ensign; however, this rank did not exist until 1862. Should be Passed Midshipman.

Navy Directories & Officer Registers

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.

January 1842

Midshipman, Frigate Constellation

Others at this command: MIDN Charles Waddell '46 and MIDN Garrit Denniston '46.

January 1844

Midshipman, Frigate Savannah

January 1847

Passed Midshipman, Steamer Mississippi

January 1848

Passed Midshipman, Schooner Petrel

January 1849

Passed Midshipman, Frigate Raritan

Others at this command: MIDN Charles Flusser '53.

January 1850

Passed Midshipman, Pacific Squadron

January 1852

Passed Midshipman, waiting orders


Class of 1846

Francis is one of 13 members of the Class of 1846 on Virtual Memorial Hall.