U.S. Naval Academy Class Rings

Graduates Remembered

Ensign Charles Albert Thompson

Midshipman Charles Thompson

Captain Thomas Albert Kearney, USN (USNA 1896) donated Ensign Charles Albert Thompson’s class ring to the Naval Academy Museum. The ring was crafted by jewelers Black, Starr & Frost, but the design continued to be up to the individual. Thompson opted for a green and gold specked stone surrounded by 13 raised stars; anchor on one side; coat of arms on opposite face.[1]

Ensign Charles Albert Thompson was born on September 30, 1850 in Newport, Rhode Island. Cadet Midshipman Thompson graduated 9 of 25 cadet midshipmen from the United States Naval Academy on June 1, 1872.[2] Shortly after graduating, Passed Midshipman Thompson resigned from the Navy. Following the Civil War, an excess of senior officers and reductions in active ships made Ensign commissions hard to come by. Twenty five years after his graduation, the sinking of the USS Maine pushed Mr. Thompson to volunteer, he finally received his Ensign commission. Following the Spanish-American war, the Navy honorable discharged Thompson where he served as a Watch Officer for the Coast and Geodetic Survey. Ensign Thompson died on November 17, 1902 in Washington D.C at 52 years of age. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Section: 3 Grave: 1356.[3] He was buried with honors by the officers and sailors of the steamer Endeavor.[4]

1872 ring


[1] United States Naval Academy Class Ring Collection Master List, retrieved January 7, 2014.

[1] United States Naval Academy Alumni Association, Inc., 2013 Register of Alumni, (Chesapeake, VA: Harris Connect, 2012), A6

[2] "Arlington National Cemetary Explorer," Arlington National Cemetary, accessed December 8, 2015, http://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/ANCExplorer.

[3] U.S. Department of Commerce and Labor, Coast and Geodetic Survey, Report of the Superintendent of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey Showing The Progress Of The Work From July 1, 1902 to June 30, 1903, (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1903), 22.