U.S. Naval Academy Class Rings

Graduates Remembered

Lieutenant Commander Walter Benjamin Tardy

Midshipman Walter Tardy

Lieutenant Commander Tardy’s class ring was donated to the Naval Academy Museum by his widow Mrs. Walter B. Tardy on February 13, 1939. His ring was manufactured by Tiffany & Company. [1]

Lieutenant Commander Walter Benjamin Tardy was born in Arkansas on June 14, 1875. At the Naval Academy he was captain and center of the Navy football team. His sea service command included auxiliary gunboat the USS Peoria. As a young officer, Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the worldhis sea duty supported efforts in the Spanish American War, Philippine Insurrection and Boxer Rebellion while assigned to the Asiatic Station. LCDR Tardy participated in the cruise of the Great White Fleet aboard the battleship Vermont. During World War I, LCDR Tardy was assigned duty as Force Engineer aboard USS Minnesota. LCDR Tardy taught physic and chemistry at the Naval Academy and married Florence W. Nelson in the Chapel. He was buried alongside his wife in the Naval Academy Cemetery. He died on November 30, 1932 in Annapolis, Maryland. [2]


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

[2] United States Bureau of Naval Personnel, Register of the Commissioned And Warrant Officers of the United States Navy And Marine Corps And Reserve Officers On Active Duty, (Washington: Govt. Printing Office), 40.