From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Sargent Force '10

Date of birth: March 15, 1889

Date of death: December 3, 1915

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

From the 1910 Lucky Bag:



Service at Parents’ House
Time of Funeral of Young Lieutenant J. S. Force Fixed

The funeral of Lieutenant James Sargent Force, U. S. N., who was fatally injured last Friday at Norfolk, Virginia, will take place from the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John W. Force, in East avenue, Brighton, this afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. Rev. Arthur W. Grose, of the First Universalist Church, will conduct the services. Burial will be made in Mount Hope Cemetery and will be private.

It was the desire of some of the men of the Georgia to accompany the body of Lieutenant Force to Rochester, but on account of the warship having been ordered to sail yesterday to Charleston and the absence of several of her officers on leave, the plan was necessarily abandoned.

Lieutenant Force was directing the coaling of the Georgia when a boom gave way and he was struck on the head. He suffered a fracture of the skull and died in a few hours. Military services were held on Sunday afternoon at the Naval Hospital and an escort accompanied the body to the boat on the beginning of its journey to Rochester.

Lieutenant Force was the grandson of James Sargent, who was one of the founders of the Sargent & Greenleaf Company of this city. He was graduated from Annapolis in 1910. He succeeded last year in establishing a record score for twelve-inch turrets on the Georgia. He not only won a navy E and a first navy prize for the members of the turret’s crew but established a record equaled only once by any turret of its class. While he had not been in Rochester much of the time for the past few years, he had a wide acquaintance in the city, and it is said that his popularity among his associates in the navy was marked.

Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester NY, Tue. 7 Dec 1915

His men appear to have commissioned a gold medal in his memory.

Sargent is buried in New York.

Class of 1910

Sargent is one of 15 members of the Class of 1910 on Virtual Memorial Hall.