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Worth Bagley

Birthdate: (24)
Birthplace: Raleigh, Wake, NC, USA
Death: May 11, 1898 (24)
Cuba (killed in the Spanish-American War)
Immediate Family:

Son of Maj. William Henry Bagley and Adelaide Ann Bagley
Brother of Addie Worth Daniels; Belle Worth Bagley; Ethel Bagley; William H. Bagley, Jr.; Edwin Reade Bagley and 1 other

Managed by: Mary Brinkmeyer
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About Ensign Worth Bagley


Ensign Worth Bagley (April 6, 1874 – May 11, 1898) was a United States Navy officer during the Spanish-American War, distinguished as the only U.S. naval officer killed in action during that war.

Born in Raleigh, North Carolina, he graduated at the United States Naval Academy in 1895. After serving two years on the USS Montgomery, Texas, and Maine, he was made ensign, July 1, 1897. In November he was appointed inspector of the new torpedo-boat Winslow, and when she went into commission on December 28, he was made her executive officer under Lieutenant J. B. Bernadou.

In April 1898, the Winslow was, with the fleet, mobilized for operations in Cuban waters. On the morning of May 11 the ship went with the Hudson and the Wilmington to force the entrance to the harbor of Cárdenas. She was fired upon by the Spanish gunboat Antonio López, and immediately there was a general engagement. The Winslow was soon disabled, and was with difficulty hauled out of range of the Spanish guns. Just as the engagement ended, Ensign Bagley and four sailors were killed by a shell.

The first three USS Bagley's, Torpedo Boat No. 24, Destroyer No. 185, and DD-386, were named for Ensign Worth Bagley. The fourth, DE-1069, honors both Worth Bagley and his brother, Admiral David W. Bagley.

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April 6, 1874
Raleigh, Wake, NC, USA
May 11, 1898
Age 24