Loveman Noa

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Loveman Noa
Midshipman Noa.jpg
Born David Bernard Loveman Noa
(1878-10-05)October 5, 1878
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Died October 23, 1901(1901-10-23) (aged 22)
Philippines
Resting place Chattanooga National Cemetery

David Bernard Loveman Noa (5 October 1878 – 26 October 1901) was an officer in the United States Navy.[1] He was killed while on duty in the United States' newly acquired overseas territory of the Philippines. He is the namesake for two United States Navy destroyers.

Biography[edit]

He was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to the Jewish immigrants, Ismar Noa (1836–1906) of Breslau, Prussia, (now Wrocław, Poland), and Rose B. Loveman (1842–1923) of Hungary. His siblings were Ernestine Noa (1871–1951); Bianca Noa (1874–1945) who married Albert Hodges Morehead, Sr. (1852–1922); and Wallace Noa (1876–1908). His maternal uncle was David Barnard Loveman, who had moved to Chattanooga and started the Lovemans department store.[2]

Noa was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy as a naval cadet[A 1] on September 5, 1896. He graduated in June 1900.[3] He was ordered to the Asiatic Station in gunboat Mariveles. On the morning of October 26, 1901 Midshipman Noa, with an armed crew of six men, put off from the Mariveles in a small boat to watch for craft engaged in smuggling contraband from the island of Leyte to Samar. When ready to return to the Mariveles, they found the wind and the tide against them. The boat was taking on water, and they put into a small cove on the island of Samar. While scouting the adjacent jungle, Noa was attacked and stabbed five times by Filipino insurgents, three times in the abdomen, one in the chest, and one in his left shoulder. He was then given a blow to the head. He died after fifteen minutes, before aid could reach him. He was buried in the Chattanooga National Cemetery.[1][4][5]

Legacy[edit]

USS Noa (DD-343) and USS Noa (DD-841) were named for him; DD-841 was the ship that recovered John Glenn's Friendship 7 after his historic orbital flight in 1962.[6][7]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In 1882, Congress eliminated the distinction between engineer and naval cadets, and designated the student officers as naval cadets; the name reverted to midshipman in 1902. See:"A Brief History of the US Naval Academy". United States Navy. Retrieved 2008-08-07. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Naval Cadet Noa is Shot. He Is Also Boloed by Insurgents on South Samar Island. Sought to Prevent Smuggling.". New York Times. October 28, 1901. Retrieved 2007-07-21. ... who had gone ashore at Ntpa-nipa, South Samar, to prevent smuggling, was attacked by the Insurgents. He lost his revolver and was shot and . ... 
  2. ^ "Loveman Noa Was Maritime Hero". Chattanoogan.com. February 14, 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-14. About the time D.B. Loveman began his mercantile and clothing business in Chattanooga, his sister, Rose, married a former German military officer from the Polish town of Breslau (Wroclaw) named Ismar Noa. A son, David Bernard Loveman Noa, was born in 1878. 
  3. ^ "Naval Cadets Graduate. Class Includes Several Veterans of the Spanish War. Minnesota Appointee Carries Off First Honors. Sea Service for Two Years Now.". New York Times. May 20, 1900. 
  4. ^ "Loveman Noa". United States Navy. Retrieved 2007-02-14. Loveman Noa was born 5 October 1878 at Chattanooga, Tennessee. Appointed to the Naval Academy as a midshipman 5 September 1896, he graduated in June 1900, and was ordered to the Asiatic station in gunboat Mariveles. On the morning of 26 October 1901, Midshipman Noa, with an armed crew of six men, put off from Mariveles in a boat to watch for small craft engaged in smuggling contraband from the island of Leyte to Samar When ready to return to Mariveles, they found the wind and the tide against them. Since the boat was taking on water, they put into a small cove on the island of Samar While scouting the adjacent jungle, Noa, was attacked and stabbed four times by Filipino insurgents. He died before aid could reach him.  line feed character in |quote= at position 220 (help)
  5. ^ Loveman Noa death certificate
  6. ^ "How Noa Got Her Name. Ship That Recovered Glenn Honors Officer Killed in '01". United Press International in the New York Times. February 22, 1962. Retrieved 2007-07-21. The destroyer Noa, whose crew recovered Lieut. Col. John H. Glenn Jr. from the Atlantic, was named for a United States officer who ... 
  7. ^ Letter of June 27, 1919


This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.