U.S. Naval Academy Class Rings

Graduates Remembered

Lieutenant Junior Grade Chaplin Eppes Evans

Midshipman Chaplin Evans

LTJG Evans class ring was donated to the Naval Academy Museum by the estate of his mother Louisa M. Evans in March 1965. The ring was manufactured by Black, Starr & Frost-Gorham. The ring shows significant wear and appears to have been worn after LTJG Evans’ death.[1]

Lieutenant Junior Grade Chaplin Eppes Evans was born on February 19, 1894 in Alexandria, Virginia. He was nominated to the Naval Academy by Representative Carlin. He entered the Naval Academy on June 11, 1912. As midshipman first class, he was the Light-Heavy Weight Boxing Champion.[2] LTJG Evans was a veteran of World War I while assigned to destroyer USS Nicholson (DD-52).

And like a true sailor and Southern Gentleman, he has ever a soft place in his heart for the ladies – God bless’em.

He died on September 30, 1918 in Bridgeport, Connecticut while on leave due to pneumonia from influenza. He was 24 years old and is buried in Saint Paul’s Cemetery, Alexandria Virginia. [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, 1915), 106.

[3] "These are births, marriages and deaths from The Washington Post, Tuesday, October 1, 1918," ancestry.com, accessed May 6, 2016, http://freepages.history.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~oldnewspapers/wash_post_vitals_10_1_18.htm.