Caspar Goodrich

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Caspar Goodrich
Caspar Goodrich - John Singer Sargent.jpg
Portrait of the young Caspar Goodrich, painted in 1887 by John Singer Sargent
Born Italy
Died July 15, 1907(1907-07-15)
Cape Cod Bay
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1897–1907
Rank Lieutenant

Caspar Goodrich, son of Rear Admiral Caspar F. Goodrich, was born in Italy. Goodrich was appointed a midshipman from Connecticut on 7 September 1897. He was designated a Naval Cadet 10 June 1901 and reported to Lancaster for duty. From 1903 to 1905 Goodrich served in Maine, Cleveland, and Chicago. Assigned to Georgia on the Atlantic Station in June 1906, Goodrich was killed 15 July 1907. He was the command officer of the after superimposed 8" gun turret when a flare back caused 104 lbs. of powder to explode behind the starboard gun. Ten men were killed, including Goodrich. Eleven men were injured.


In 1945, the destroyer USS Goodrich (DD-831) was named in honor of Admiral Goodrich and Lieutenant Goodrich.

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This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.