U.S. Naval Academy Class Rings

Graduates Remembered

Admiral David Foote Sellers

Admiral Sellers while Superintendent
Superintendent Admiral Sellers, 1938

Admiral David Foote Sellers’ class ring was donated to the United States Naval Academy Museum by his widow Mrs. Anita Clay (Evans) Sellers on June 16, 1951. Rear Admiral Seller’s ring was manufactured by Tiffany & Company.[1]

Admiral David Foote Sellers was born in Austin, Texas at the Army Post on February 4, 1874. His sea service commands included the torpedo boat destroyer Stewart; cruisers USS Salem and USS Birmingham; fleet transport ship USS Agamemnon; battleship USS Wisconsin; Commander, Special Service Squadron during the Nicaraguan Uprising; Commander, Battleships Battle Force, United States Fleet; and Commander-in-Chief United States Fleet. Rear Admiral Sellers was award the Navy Cross for his service on Agamemnon during World War I and the Navy Distinguished Service Medal for his leadership of the Special Service Squadron during the Nicaraguan Uprising. Admiral Sellers was the 30th Superintendent of the Naval Academy. He died on January 27, 1949 in Naval Hospital Bethesda, Maryland. He was 74 years old and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. The guided missile destroyer USS Sellers (DDG-11) was named in his honor.[2]

Navy Distinguished Service Medal

Awarded for actions during the Second Nicaraguan Campaign:

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Rear Admiral David Foote Sellers, United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service to the Government in a position of great responsibility as Commander, Special Service Squadron, from 8 July 1927 to 12 May 1929, during the disturbed conditions in the Republic of Nicaragua. Throughout this time Rear Admiral Sellers handled with great skill and diplomacy the many delicate situations that arose incident to the pacification of Nicaragua prior to the presidential election on 4 November 1928, during the election and subsequent to it. As the Senior Officer present he coordinated the activities of the Marine Brigade on shore, which was a part of his command, with the activities of the Nicaraguan Government, the Guardia Nacional, and the officers of the United States Army on election duty. In the discharge of his duty of protecting lives and property he displayed strength and initiative coupled with wisdom and tempered by kindness and humanity.[3]

Navy Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War I:

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Captain David Foote Sellers, United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. Agamemnon, engaged in the important, exacting and hazardous duty of transporting troops and supplies through waters infested with enemy submarines and mines; as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. Wisconsin, in the Atlantic Fleet; and as Commander of the District Forces Afloat, Fifth Naval District.[4]

References

[1] United States Naval Academy Museum card file of Curator James Cheevers, retrieved January 7, 2014.

[2] "Center Commanders: Rear Adm. David F. Sellers," Center Commanders, accessed May 5, 2016, http://www.quarterdeck.org/book/cencoms/sellers.html

[3] "Hall of Valor," militarytimes.com, accessed May 5, 2016, http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=10340.

[4] "Hall of Valor," militarytimes.com, accessed May 5, 2016, http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=10340.