U.S. Naval Academy Class Rings

Graduates Remembered

Captain Douglas Legate Howard

Coach Doug Legate Howard

Captain Howard’s class ring was donated to the United States Naval Academy Museum by his widow Mrs. Ruth Bowyer Howard. His ring was manufactured by Black, Starr & Frost-Gorham. [1]

Captain Douglas “Doug” Legate Howard was born February 11, 1885 in Annapolis, Maryland. His father was Admiral Thomas Benton Howard (USNA 1873). He was appointed to the United States Naval Academy from Illinois. He entered the Naval Academy on August 29, 1902. At the Naval Academy, he was captain of the football team, football coach, athletic director and ordnance instructor. [2]While a midshipman his father Commander Howard was Head of the Department of Ordinance and Gunnery. Midshipman Howard graduated 28 of 173 midshipmen on February 12, 1906. Midshipman Howard was the 1906 recipient of the Thompson Trophy Cup presented to the midshipman, declared by the Association’s Athletic Committee to have done most during the year for the promotion of athletics at the Naval Academy. A slow-speaking representative of Crabtown-on-the-Spa, who nevertheless resents the suggestion that he has a crabwise gait. A veteran of World War I, he was awarded the Navy Cross as Commanding Officer of three different destroyers, USS Drayton (DD-23), Rowan (DD-64), and Bell (DD-95). Later, Captain Howard was Commanding Officer of Destroyer Division 27 and 33.

Captain Howard died on December 14, 1936 in Annapolis, Maryland. He was 51 years old and is buried in the Naval Academy Cemetery.

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 Douglas Legate Howard, United States Navy, for distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. DRAYTON, the U.S.S. ROWAN and the U.S.S. BELL, engaged in the important, exacting and hazardous duty of patrolling the waters infested with enemy submarines and mines, in escorting and protecting vitally important convoys of troops and supplies through these waters, and in offensive and defensive action, vigorously and unremittingly prosecuted against all forms of enemy naval activity during World War I.[3]


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

[2] First Class, Lucky Bag, (Annapolis, MD: US Naval Academy, 1906), 99.

[3] "Hall of Valor," militarytimes.com, accessed May 5, 2016, http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=9574.