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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: May 27, 1918
Date of death: February 1, 1943
Age: 24

Lucky Bag

1941 DeMers LB.jpg

From the 1941 Lucky Bag:


Little Rock, Ark.

The closest Adam had been to the sea before he entered the Naval Academy was in a leaky, flat-bottomed rowboat on the Arkansas River; so it is quite understandable why he didn't acquire his sea legs until first class cruise. That three month's jaunt in the Atlantic and Caribbean last summer qualified Rollo as a real salt water man, a qualification which will probably remain valid until he sees duty on a destroyer when he may again be afflicted with that dreaded midwestern disease—mal de mer.

Adam received his pre-Annapolis physical brace at Marion Institute and his mental brace at Little Rock Junior College. With this background, whether or not he would have starred had he not boned Cosmo is hard to say because he didn't indulge in that pastime. Instead the midnight oil was burned occasionally to excellent advantage.

We'll all remember his tact and even temper and above all we'll never forget his friendly smile.

Battalion Wrestling 2; Company Baseball 2; Black N* * * * * * * * * * * *.

The Class of 1941 was the first of the wartime-accelerated classes, graduating in February 1941.


Adam was lost when USS De Haven (DD 469) was sunk on February 1, 1943 by Japanese aircraft near Savo Island.

His father was listed as next of kin.

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Class of 1941
Adam is one of 59 members of the Class of 1941 in Memorial Hall.
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