U.S. Naval Academy Class Rings

Graduates Remembered

Lieutenant Commander Cecil Younger Johnston

Midn Johnston
Midshipman Cecil Johnston

LCDR Johnston’s class ring was donated to the Naval Academy Museum by Miss. Elizabeth Johnston on April 11, 1939. His class ring was manufactured by Black, Starr & Frost-Gorham.[1]

Lieutenant Commander Cecil Younger Johnston was born on June 20, 1889 in Granger, Missouri. He was nominated to the United States Naval Academy from Missouri entering on July 8, 1907. His fellow midshipmen called him “Cy.” Midshipman Johnston participated in Varsity Crew and earned the Navy “N.” Midshipman Johnston graduated 43 of 193 on June 2, 1911.

[2]He has a character of remarkable strength, and his Missouri mule convictions of what is right and what is wrong make him one of the marked men of the Class. All know him, and all like him for the genuine, open – hearted man he is.

Initially Johnston qualified as a submariner. In 1915 he was part of a small contingent of submarines sent for the first time to Groton Connecticut, later to be known as Submarine Base New London. During World War I, he commanded submarine USS R-16. Following the war he earned his wings and was an active aviator until his unexpected death on December 17, 1924 while assigned to USS Wright. He was 35 years old and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. [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, 1911), 144.

[3] United States Naval Academy Alumni Association, Inc., 2013 Register of Alumni, (Chesapeake, VA: Harris Connect, 2012), A10.