U.S. Naval Academy Class Rings

Graduates Remembered

Vice Admiral Walton Roswell Sexton

class photo

Vice Admiral Walton Roswell Sexton’s class ring was donated to the United States Naval Academy Museum by Mrs. Francis E. Fleck. His ring was manufactured by Tiffany & Company. [1]

Vice Admiral Walton Roswell Sexton was born on September 13, 1876 in Monmouth, Illinois. While a Naval Cadet, he was a member of the USNA Choir, Minstrel Show, and Class of 1897 Baseball Team. Naval Cadet Sexton graduated 23 of 47 Naval Cadets on June 4, 1897. He would go on to serve during the Spanish American War, World War I and World War II. Vice Admiral Sexton’s sea commands included torpedo-boat Bainbridge; USS Vesuvius; battleship USS Utah (BB-31); Commanding Officer Destroyer Squadrons, Scouting Fleet; Commander Battleships, Battle Force and Commander Destroyers and Destroyer Flotilla 2, Battle Force. For his service during World War I, he was awarded the Navy Cross. He died in service on September 9, 1943 at Naval Hospital Bethesda, Maryland.[2]

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 Walton Roswell Sexton, United States Navy, for distinguished service in the line of his profession while serving on the Staff of the Commander of the United States Naval forces operating in European waters.[3]

Sexton Ring


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

[2] United States Naval Academy Alumni Association, Inc., 2013 Register of Alumni, (Chesapeake, VA: Harris Connect, 2012), A7.

[3] "Hall of Valor," militarytimes.com, accessed May 5, 2016, http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=10048.