U.S. Naval Academy Class Rings

Graduates Remembered

Captain William Joseph Baxter

USS Dale
USS Dale docked at US Naval Academy 1880s. Naval History and Heritage Command

Captain Baxter’s class ring was donated to the Naval Academy museum by his grandson Midshipman Kenneth Frank Hutchinson (USNA 1953) on May 15, 1953. [1] Captain Baxter’s ring was manufactured by Black, Starr & Frost and features a red stone with “USNA 83” carved around an anchor. The rings sides have a propeller above crossed swords and either palm or oak leaves.

William Joseph Baxter was born October 19, 1852 in Ohio. As a Naval Constructor, Captain Baxter spent seven years at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. [2] Captain Baxter was highly praised for his work in building the battleships USS Connecticut and USS Florida. Some thought that Captain Baxter was too rigid in his inspection of armor plating for the two ships, having rejected all plates found with even the smallest flaw. He died on January 2, 1925 and is buried in Glenwood Cemetery, Washington, D.C.

Baxter ring


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

[2]"Capt. Baxter Out of Navy Yard Here," The New York Times, April 15, 1915.