Loveman Noa

October 5, 1876 – October 26, 1901


OBITUARY. CADET LOVEMAN NOA. Funeral Arrangements Have Been Perfected.

The arrangements for the interment of the body of Naval Cadet Loveman Noa have about been completed. The remains are expected to arrive Wednesday morning about 9 o'clock. From the train they will be taken to the Noa residence, where they will remain until the funeral services are over. The services at the house will be brief and only attended by intimate friends of the family.

At 2 o'clock the remains, escorted by Troop B, cavalry, will be taken to the National cemetery.

uss_noa.html The pall-bearers will be six sergeants, three of the infantry and three from the cavalry troop. These will bear the casket, and in addition there will be eight honorary pall-bearers consisting of officers of Toncray camp, Spanish-American War Veterans.

The Chattanooga Military band will also accompany the remains to the grave. Chattanooga Times, February 23, 1902, p. 3

Anapolis, Md., May 28 [1904] — (Special) — A tablet to the memory of Naval Cadet Loveman Noa of Tennessee, who was killed in action at Samar, Philippine Islands, Oct. 26, 1901, was unveiled in Memorial Hall, Naval Academy today. It was erected by his classmates of the class of 1900, Naval Academy, a number of whom were present today.

            The ceremonies were simple and impressive. After an invocation by Chaplain H.H. Clark, the tablet was presented to the institution by Lieut. W. G. Mitchell, a classmate of Midshipman Noa, and was accepted on the part of the academy by Capt. J. M. Bowyer, superintendent. The ceremonies closed with the benediction, pronounced by Chaplain Clark. New York Times, May 28, 1904


            MEMORIAL TABLET TO LOVEMAN NOA. Brilliant Young Chattanoogan Cut Off in Youth Remembered by Classmates.

            On May 28 a memorial tablet to the late Loveman Noa, of Chattanooga, was unveiled at the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md. Mr Noa was  a United States naval cadet, who was ambushed by natives of the Island of Samar on Oct. 26, 1901. He was a son of Mrs. Ismar Noa, of this city.

            The tablet, which is of bronze, has upon it the following inscription:



Naval Cadet U. S. Navy,

Class of 1900.

Born Oct. 5, 1876, Died Oct. 26, 1901,

Fighting Single Handed.

Ambushed by Natives of the Island of Samar While in Command of an Expedition During the Philippine Insurrection.

In Honor of His Memory This Tablet Is Erected by His Classmates.


            The speech of presentation was delivered by Lieut. W. G. Mitchell, of the United States navy, and will be of interest to the many who remember Loveman Noa as one of the most promising young men of Chattanooga. Lieut. Mitchell said:

            “Ten years ago, at this time, the class of 1900 was absorbed with preparations for graduation from the academy. Each member was looking forward eagerly to active duties afloat—to the realization of his hopes of the past four years. Graduation day came with its feverish excitement and the growing impatience to be free from academic restraints and regulations and to get out into the world. On that beautiful spring morning, surrounded by many friends and much gaiety, little heed was given to the thought expressed by the secretary of the navy—that these young men were about to embark on a career which means a devotion of his life to one’s country’s honor and glory, and the sacrifice, if necessary, of life itself. The chance of ever being called upon to contribute so heavily seemed too remote for serious consideration at such a time.

            “Diplomas and orders were delivered and the class was scattered to the corners of the earth. Hardly more than a year later the impressive words of the graduation address were driven home to each heart when the news was received from the Philippines that a classmate—Loveman Noa— had forfeited his life in his country’s service. There is no doubt but that every graduate of this academy has at one time considered the possibility of being called upon to sacrifice his life for his country. In every case, I dare say, a little prayer has been offered that, if the call comes, it may find him in action and that he may fall fighting.

            “Every man who knew Loveman Noa knew of his courageous heart. His was a spirit of clear grit through and through, endowed with a tenacity of purpose that never permitted him to acknowledge defeat even to himself. The circumstances of his death show us that he carried out the predictions of his life. All who knew Noa know that he fought valiantly and that he fulfilled to the last the best traditions of the naval service. Our recollections of him go back to our undergraduate days, and we remember him with deep affection and brotherly good will. Maturer years have formed in our hearts and minds the profound respect felt for those who have given their lives for the advancement of civilization and the good of all mankind.

            “With the permission of the superintendent, the class of 1900 have placed this tablet on the walls of this sacred edifice as a tribute to the memory of Loveman Noa and as a symbol of their loyalty, in the hope that his name and noble sacrifice will be remembered by the succeeding graduates of this institution.” (Chattanooga Times, May 28, 1904)



U.S.Naval Academy,

Annapolis Md.,

February 13, 1910.

Mrs. I. Noa,

Lookout Mountain, Tenn.

My dear Madam,

The Class of 1900 of the U.S.Naval Academy are arranging to erect a tablet in Memorial Hall, at the Naval Academy, in honor of your son Loveman Noa's memory. I am a member of the committee to arrange for erecting the tablet and feel sure that I voice the sentiment of the entire class in saying that we regret exceedingly that this action has been so long delayed, in doing honor to one of our class who so truly deserves it. The delay is but a natural consequence of our being so widely separated over the world, and although your son needs no memorial slab to remind us of his gallantry and devotion to duty, we want the future generations of Midshipmen and Naval Officers to know of his courageous, brave, and gallant personality.

The Bailey, Banks, and Biddle Co., of Phila. are getting up a design for the above mentioned tablet and have asked me to send them a photograph of your son and any scenes that I may have of the Philippines. As the only one I have is in a group picture of the class and small (which I have sent them) I am going to ask you if you will help us by sending a likeness of your son to the above firm and also any small views of the Philippines that you may have. I can assure you that they will be well cared for and returned to you in good condition. If you would be kind enough to send the photos direct, it would save time and I know they are anxious to get them as soon as possible. We hope to have th etablet unveiled the latter part of next May and I shall let you know the exact date as soon as it is decided. We hope that you may be able to be present at the unveiling as it would scarcely be complete without some of his family being here to assist at the ceremony. The address to which the photographs should be sent is:

The Bailey, Banks, and Biddle Co.,



Hoping you will be able to help us out and with assurances of my regard,

Believe me,

Very sincerely yours,


Samuel Wood Bryant

Class of 1900




from the Lexington Herald, June 30, 1919


Midshipman Noa entered the U. S. Naval Academy in 1896. He was assigned to duty of the U. S. S. Harvard in 1898, cited for bravery and received honorable mention after the Battle of Santiago. Graduating in 1900, he was assigned to the U. S. S. Kentucky in Pacific waters. In 1901, he was transferred, at his own request, to the U. S. S. Mariveles, to help in naval surveying in the Philippines. Detailed to the task of breaking up gangs of smugglers giving trouble near Nipa Nipa, on the island of Samar, he was killed October 26, 1901, while fighting in the jungle.