U.S. Naval Academy Class Rings

Graduates Remembered

Lieutenant Junior Grade Daniel Whilldin Hand Jr.

Midn Hand
Midshipman Daniel Hand Jr.

LTJG Hand’s class ring was donated to the Naval Academy Museum by Mr. William M. Varker. The ring was manufactured by Bailey, Banks & Biddle.[1]

Lieutenant Junior Grade Daniel Whilldin Hand Jr. was born on May 8, 1897 in Pennsylvania. On September 14, 1915, LTJG Hand was nominated to the Naval Academy from Oklahoma. He won the Annapolis Cup trophy awarded by the General Society, Sons of the Revolution to the midshipman most proficient in great gun target practice or practical ordnance and gunnery. From ranging with old Tex among the belles of Hawaii to living demurely in the Quaker City, he has been in almost every nook and corner of this little world The stars on his collar indicate he was an excellent student graduating 7 of 199 midshipmen one year early due to World War I.[2] In his short career, he was a veteran of World War I aboard the armored cruiser South Dakota, which escorted troop convoys from the east coast to the mid-Atlantic rendezvous point where British cruisers joined the convoy. He died on January 22, 1919 in Brooklyn, New York at 21 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, 1919), 208.