United States Naval Academy

Discover the notable alumni of United States Naval Academy. The list includes people like Jimmy Carter, John McCain, Ross Perot, Sunita Williams & Philo Farnsworth. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as miscellaneous, leaders, engineers, media personalities and business people etc.
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 1 
Chester W. Nimitz
(American Admiral Known for His Role as Commander in Chief of US Pacific Fleet in World War II)
Chester W. Nimitz
10
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 24, 1885
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fredericksburg, Texas, United States
Died: February 20, 1966

Chester W. Nimitz was part of the United States Navy where he served as a fleet admiral. He played a key role during World War II, commanding the US Pacific Fleet and the Allied air, sea, and land forces. He also played a crucial role in acquiring approval to develop USS Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine in the world.

 2 
Jimmy Carter
(39th President of the United States (1977 -1981))
Jimmy Carter
73
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 1, 1924
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Plains, Georgia, United States

Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of USA, is one of the rare Presidents whose legacy continues even after leaving office. He is known as a champion of human rights and a mediator of peace efforts across the world. His humanitarian works earned him the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.

 3 
Robert A. Heinlein
(American Novelist Best Known as the 'Dean of Science Fiction Writers')
Robert A. Heinlein
10
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: July 7, 1907
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Butler, Missouri, United States
Died: May 8, 1988

Robert A. Heinlein was an American author, naval officer, and aeronautical engineer. Heinlein is credited with pioneering a literary subgenre called hard science fiction as he was among the first to stress the importance of scientific accuracy in fiction. Robert A. Heinlein is one of the most influential science-fiction writers of all time.

 4 
Roger Staubach
(American football player)
Roger Staubach
14
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 5, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 5 
David Robinson
(Basketball player)
David Robinson
9
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 6, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Key West, Florida, United States
Height: 7'1" (216 cm)
 6 
Jim Lovell
(One of the First Three Astronauts to Fly to and Orbit the Moon)
Jim Lovell
9
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 25, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Retired American astronaut Jim Lovell commanded the iconic Apollo 13 mission and was one of the first three human beings to fly to the Moon, orbit it, and get back to Earth. He had also been a US Navy captain. Following his retirement, Lovell launched a restaurant in Lake Forest.

 7 
Sunita Williams
(American Astronaut Who Formerly Held the Record for the Most Spacewalks By a Woman)
Sunita Williams
80
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 19, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Euclid, Ohio, United States

Sunita Williams is an American US Navy officer and astronaut. She formerly held the records for most spacewalk time for a woman and most spacewalks by a woman. In 2007, she became the first person to run a marathon in space. She has several honors under her belt, including a NASA Spaceflight Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, and Navy Commendation Medal.

 8 
Philo Farnsworth
16
Birthdate: August 19, 1906
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Beaver, Utah, United States
Died: March 11, 1971
 9 
John McCain
(Former United States Senator from Arizona (1987 - 2018))
John McCain
55
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 29, 1936
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Coco Solo, Panama
Died: August 25, 2018

John McCain served as a US Senator for Arizona from 1987 until his death in 2018. Previously he was a US naval officer and is hailed as a war hero for his heroics during the Vietnam War. He was a supporter of LGBT rights, gun regulations and campaign finance reform. He was a Republican nominee for the 2008 presidential election but lost to Barack Obama.

 10 
William Halsey Jr.
(American Navy admiral in the First and Second World Wars)
William Halsey Jr.
5
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 30, 1882
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States
Died: August 16, 1959
 11 
Lisa Nowak
(Flight Engineer on Sts-121 and Former NASA Astronaut)
Lisa Nowak
9
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 10, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

Former NASA astronaut and U.S. Navy captain Lisa Nowak was part of the STS-121 mission. She made headlines when she apparently attempted to kidnap Air Force captain Colleen Shipman, who was getting into a relationship with astronaut William Oefelein, who had previously dated Nowak. Nowak was subsequently dismissed from NASA.

 12 
Raymond A. Spruance
(Navy admiral during World War II)
Raymond A. Spruance
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 3, 1886
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: December 13, 1969
 13 
Montel Williams
(Actor, Officer, Television presenter, Radio personality)
Montel Williams
9
Birthdate: July 3, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Baltimore
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 14 
Wally Schirra
(American Astronaut Who Became the Fifth American and Ninth Human to Travel Into Space)
Wally Schirra
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 12, 1923
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hackensack, New Jersey, United States
Died: May 3, 2007

Wally Schirra was an American NASA astronaut, test pilot, and naval aviator. He achieved popularity in 1959, when he became one of the seven astronauts chosen for Project Mercury. In 1962, he was part of Mercury-Atlas 8 and became only the ninth human to travel into space. Wally Schirra was portrayed by Lance Henriksen in the film, The Right Stuff.

 15 
Ross Perot
(American Billionare Businessman, Founder and CEO of ‘Electronic Data Systems’ and ‘Perot Systems’)
Ross Perot
66
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: June 27, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Texarkana, Texas, United States
Died: July 9, 2019

Ross Perot was the founder and CEO of Electronic Data Systems and Perot Systems. He received the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award and developed the Naval Academy’s honor system. He ran for president as an independent candidate and then established the Reform Party. He sold Perot to Dell for $3.9 billion.

 16 
Jeremiah Denton
(Politician)
Jeremiah Denton
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 15, 1924
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, USA
Died: March 28, 2014
 17 
Michael J. Smith
Michael J. Smith
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 30, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Beaufort
Died: January 28, 1986
 18 
George Stephen Morrison
(US Navy Rear Admiral Who Commanded the American Forces in the Gulf of Tonkin Incident)
George Stephen Morrison
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 7, 1919
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rome, Georgia, United States
Died: November 17, 2008

US Navy rear admiral and aviator George Stephen Morrison commanded the US forces during the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin Incident, which eventually began the Vietnam War. He had also been part of the Battle of Pearl Harbor in WWII. He is also remembered as the father of The Doors lead vocalist Jim Morrison.

 19 
Edward O'Hare
(American Naval Aviator Who Became the United States Navy's First Fighter Ace of World War II)
Edward O'Hare
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 13, 1914
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: November 26, 1943

Edward O'Hare was an American naval aviator who became the United States Navy's first fighter ace of World War II in 1942, when he single-handedly took on an intimidating formation of nine heavy bombers. Edward O'Hare shot down five enemy bombers, making him the first naval aviator to receive the prestigious Medal of Honor in the Second World War.  

 20 
James Stockdale
(US Navy Vice Admiral & Aviator Who was Prisoner of War for Over Seven Years in the Vietnam War)
James Stockdale
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 23, 1923
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Abingdon, Illinois, United States
Died: July 5, 2005

James Stockdale was an American aviator and US Navy vice admiral. He is best remembered for his time spent as a prisoner of war for more than seven years during the Vietnam War. His efforts during the war earned him the Medal of Honor. In 2002, James Stockdale was made an inductee of the National Aviation Hall of Fame. 

 21 
Todd Young
(Politician)
Todd Young
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 24, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lancaster, Pennsylvania, U.S.
 22 
Hyman Rickover
(United States Navy Admiral)
Hyman Rickover
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 27, 1900
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Makow Mazowiecki, Poland
Died: July 8, 1986

Hyman Rickover was an admiral who served in the U.S. Navy. Rickover is credited with overseeing the development of naval nuclear propulsion before controlling its operations for 30 years. He also supervised the development of the first commercial pressurized water reactor, the Shippingport Atomic Power Station. Hyman Rickover is one of only four people to receive two Congressional Gold Medals.

 23 
Erik Prince
(Founder of the Private Military Company ‘Blackwater’)
Erik Prince
5
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: June 6, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Holland, Michigan, United States
 24 
William D. Leahy
(Naval Officer)
William D. Leahy
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 6, 1875
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hampton, Iowa, United States
Died: July 20, 1959
 25 
Ernest Joseph King
(Naval Officer)
Ernest Joseph King
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 23, 1878
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lorain, Ohio, United States
Died: June 25, 1956
 26 
Elmo Zumwalt
(Naval Officer)
Elmo Zumwalt
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 29, 1920
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: January 2, 2000
 27 
Jim Webb
(Former United States Secretary of the Navy)
Jim Webb
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 9, 1946
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Saint Joseph, Missouri, United States
 28 
James Irwin
(American Astronaut and the Eighth Person Ever to Walk on the Moon)
James Irwin
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 17, 1930
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Glenwood Springs, Colorado, United States
Died: August 8, 1991

James Irwin was an American astronaut, test pilot, aeronautical engineer, and a US Air Force pilot. He was part of the Apollo 15 mission and became only the eighth person ever to walk on the Moon. He was the recipient of several prestigious awards. In 1983, James Irwin was made an inductee of the International Space Hall of Fame.

 29 
Maxwell D. Taylor
(Military officer)
Maxwell D. Taylor
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 26, 1901
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Keytesville, Missouri, United States
Died: April 19, 1987
 30 
Charles Bolden
(Astronaut)
Charles Bolden
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 19, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Columbia, South Carolina, United States
 31 
John R. Allen
(Military officer)
John R. Allen
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 15, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Fort Belvoir, Virginia, U.S.
 32 
Willis Augustus Lee
(American Vice Admiral of the United States Navy and Sport Shooter)
Willis Augustus Lee
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 11, 1888
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Natlee, Kentucky, United States
Died: August 25, 1945
 33 
Bruce McCandless II
(The First Person to Complete an Untethered Spacewalk)
Bruce McCandless II
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 8, 1937
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: December 21, 2017

US Navy officer, aviator, and NASA astronaut Bruce McCandless II was the first person to complete an untethered spacewalk. He also contributed to the development of the Manned Maneuvering Unit. Post-retirement, he became a research scientist. He once sued singer Dido for using one of his space flight photos as an album cover.

 34 
Frank J. Sprague
(Engineer)
Frank J. Sprague
1
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: July 25, 1857
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Milford
Died: October 25, 1934
 35 
James G. Stavridis
(Retired United States Navy admiral, and bestselling author)
James G. Stavridis
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 15, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: West Palm Beach, Florida, United States
 36 
Peter Pace
(Retired United States Marine Corps general who served as the 16th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff)
Peter Pace
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 5, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
 37 
Albert A. Michelson
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 19, 1852
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Strzelno, Poland
Died: May 9, 1931
 38 
Douglas A. Zembiec
(Military officer)
Douglas A. Zembiec
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 14, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kealakekua, Hawaii, United States
Died: May 11, 2007
 39 
Brian Stann
(Mixed martial artist)
Brian Stann
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 24, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fussa, Tokyo, Japan
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 40 
Michelle Howard
(Admiral of the Navy)
Michelle Howard
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 30, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Riverside County, California, United States
 41 
Marc Mitscher
(Admiral of the navy)
Marc Mitscher
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 26, 1887
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hillsboro, Wisconsin, United States
Died: February 3, 1947
 42 
Donn F. Eisele
(USAF Officer and NASA Astronaut Who Piloted the Apollo Program’s First Manned Flight)
Donn F. Eisele
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 23, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Died: December 2, 1987

USAF officer and NASA astronaut Donn F. Eisele piloted the Apollo 7 mission, which was the Apollo program’s first manned flight. Post-retirement, he headed the Peace Corps in Thailand and worked for various firms. He received the NASA Distinguished Service Medal posthumously, in addition to the several honors he gained during his lifetime.

 43 
Isaac C. Kidd
(Military officer)
Isaac C. Kidd
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 26, 1884
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: December 7, 1941
 44 
Thomas C. Kinkaid
(Officer)
Thomas C. Kinkaid
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 3, 1888
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hanover
Died: November 17, 1972
 45 
Carl Osburn
(United States Navy Officer and Sport Shooter)
Carl Osburn
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 5, 1884
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Jacksontown, Ohio, United States
Died: December 28, 1966
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 46 
William C. McCool
(NASA Astronaut and the Pilot of the Ill-Fated Space Shuttle Columbia Mission)
William C. McCool
28
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 23, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States
Died: February 1, 2003

American naval officer, aviator, and aeronautical engineer William C. McCool was a prominent NASA astronaut who served the STS-107 Space Shuttle Columbia mission as its pilot. He, along with the rest of crew, died when Columbia disintegrated while re-entering the atmosphere. He won many posthumous honors, such as the NASA Space Flight Medal.

 47 
L. Patrick Gray
(Government official)
L. Patrick Gray
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 18, 1916
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: July 6, 2005
 48 
Terry Deitz
(U.S. Navy pilot, television host, and two-time contestant on the American reality television show Survivor)
Terry Deitz
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 10, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Matawan, New Jersey, United States
 49 
Eugene Bennett Fluckey
(Navy Rear Admiral)
Eugene Bennett Fluckey
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 5, 1913
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: June 28, 2007
 50 
Ernest E. Evans
(Military officer)
Ernest E. Evans
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 13, 1908
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pawnee, Oklahoma, United States
Died: October 25, 1944