U.S. Naval Academy Class Rings

Graduates Remembered

Captain George Richardson Fairlamb Jr.

Midshipman George Fairlamb Jr.

Captain Fairlamb’s class ring was donated to the Naval Academy Museum by his widow Mrs. George R. Fairlamb, Jr. on April 12, 1965. The ring was manufactured by Bailey, Banks & Biddle. [1]

Captain George Richardson Fairlamb Jr. was born on November 2, 1894 in Richmond, Virginia. He entered the Academy on April 30, 1913. Due to America's entrance into World War I, the class graduated early on March 29, 1917. [2]Captain Fairlamb was a veteran of World War I and World War II. As a naval aviator, his sea commands included Patrol Squadron VP-7B on tender USS Argonne (AS-10), Patrol Wing 4 aboard aircraft carrier USS Lexington (CV-2), commanding officer of training aircraft carrier His honesty and open frankness are as those of his predecessor “George” of cherry-tree fame... Fairlamb is a man who will do anything in his power to make somebody’s life brighter. USS Wolverine (IX-64), and aircraft carrier USS Independence (CV-22). Future President, LTJG George H. Bush got his carrier takeoff and landing qualifications on the USS Wolverine where she could cruise Lake Michigan free of enemy submarines. [3] He died on March 7, 1965 in Denver, Colorado. He was 70 years old and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


[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, 1917), 91.

[3] “USS Wolverine (IX-64),” NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive, accessed April 30, 2016, http://www.navsource.org/archives/09/46/46064.htm.