U.S. Naval Academy Class Rings

Graduates Remembered

Captain Frank Eugene Ridgely

Class 1896
Class of 1896. US Naval Academy Lucky Bag

Captain Frank Eugene Ridgely’s class ring was donated to the United States Naval Academy Museum by his widow Mrs. Mary Euston Ridgely on October 14, 1937. His ring was manufactured by Tiffany & Company. [1]

The soul of this man is in his clothes

Captain Frank Eugene Ridgely was born on June 7, 1875 in Saint Louis, Missouri. He was a veteran of the Spanish American War aboard the protected cruiser USS San Francisco and of World War I as Commanding Officer of cruiser USS Raleigh (C-8). Captain Ridgely’s other sea commands included collier USS Nanshan, USS Prometheus, and ammunition ship USS Nitro (AE-2). Naval Cadet Ridgely was Chairman of his class ring committee. He died on April 7, 1926 in Washington, D.C. He was 50 years old and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.[2]


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

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