U.S. Naval Academy Class Rings

Graduates Remembered

Rear Admiral William Hannum Grubb Bullard

Rear Admiral William H.G. Bullard

Rear Admiral William Hannum Bullard’s class ring was donated to the Naval Academy Museum by his son Commander Bernie Sanders Bullard USN (USNA 1911) in 1936. Rear Admiral Bullard’s ring was manufactured by Black, Starr & Frost-Gorham.[1]

Rear Admiral William Hannum Grubb Bullard was born in Media, Pennsylvania on December 6, 1866. Rear Admiral Bullard’s service included duty during the Spanish-American War and World War I. He was assigned duty at the Naval Academy on three shore duty assignments. He commanded the protected cruiser USS Chicago, the cruiser USS San Francisco, and battleships USS Iowa and Arkansas. [2]

After World War I, he established the Navy's patrol on China's Yangtze River. A noted electrical engineer, he wrote a popular handbook on naval electrical systems, and contributed to the use of radio in the Navy. In retirement, Rear Admiral Bullard was Chairman of the Federal Radio Commission. In 1943 the destroyer USS Bullard (DD-660) and in 1946 the privately own cable-laying vessel SS William H. G. Bullard were named in his honor. He died on November 24, 1927 in Washington, D.C. and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Navy Distinguished Service Medal

Awarded for actions during the World War I:

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Rear Admiral William Hannum G. Bullard, United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. ARKANSAS in the Atlantic Fleet, and later the Grand Fleet, and later still a rear admiral in command of the U.S. Naval Base at Malta.[3]

1886 ring


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

[2] "USS Bullard (DD-660)," NavSource Naval History, accessed May 5, 2016, http://www.navsource.org/archives/05/660.htm.

[3] "Hall of Valor," militarytimes.com, accessed May 5, 2016, http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=16406.