U.S. Naval Academy Class Rings

Graduates Remembered

Lieutenant Commander James Madison Doyle

Midn Doyle
Midshipman James Doyle

Lieutenant Commander Doyle donated his class ring to the Naval Academy Museum on August 7, 1952. LCDR Doyle lost his original ring and this ring was made by a Chinese craftsmanas a replacement. The original ring was manufactured by Bailey, Banks & Biddle. [1]

LCDR James Madison Doyle was born on June 22, 1886 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was nominated to the Naval Academy from Pennsylvania. On July 8, 1904, he entered the Naval Academy as a Midshipman with the class of 1908, but was held back for one year. Midshipman Doyle graduated 169 of 174 midshipmen on June 4, 1909. [2]

LCDR Doyle’s sea commands included destroyer USS Whipple (DD-217) Our bad boy – who believes that a little learning is a dangerous thing and doesn’t propose to take any chances. and gunboats USS Pampanga (PG-39), USS Penguin (AM-33), and USS Luzon (PG-47). LCDR Doyle was a veteran of World War I and was awarded the Navy Cross as gunnery officer on transport USS Mount Vernon torpedoed by a German U-boat. [3] LCDR Doyle saw extensive service in the Philippines and China Station. He died on June 7, 1971 in Annapolis Maryland.

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 Lieutenant Commander James Madison Doyle, United States Navy, for distinguished service in the line of his profession as Gunnery Officer of the U.S.S. MOUNT VERNON, upon the occasion of the torpedoing of that vessel on 5 September 1918.


[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), A10.

[3] "Hall of Valor," militarytimes.com, accessed May 5, 2016, http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=9355.