U.S. Naval Academy Class Rings

Graduates Remembered

Captain Lewis Bowen McBride

Captain McBride
Captain McBride

Captain Lewis Bowen McBride’s class ring was donated to the Naval Academy Museum by the graduate on November 17, 1937. His ring was manufactured by Tiffany & Company. [1]

Captain Lewis Bowen McBride was born on September 29, 1890 in Columbia, Pennsylvania. Captain McBribe’s career was in the Naval Constructor Corps. He was awarded the Navy Cross for his service in London during World I while on the Staff of Commander United States Naval Forces in European Waters, Admiral Sims (USNA 1880). In 1934, Captain McBride was assigned to the United States Naval Academy as Head of the I'll tell thee what, call me horse!Economics and Government Department. Naval Cadet McBride was captain of the Academy Fencing team. He died on October 7, 1947 in Washington D.C at the age of 57 and is buried in the Naval Academy Cemetery.[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 Commander (CC) Lewis Bowen McBride, United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility on the Staff of Commander, U.S. Naval Forces in European waters, during World War I, and as United States representative on inter-allied conference for the protection of ships.[3]


[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), A8.

[3] "Hall of Valor," militarytimes.com, accessed May 5, 2016, http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=9783.