From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Alden Irons '31

Date of birth: August 26, 1910

Date of death: September 7, 1939

Age: 29

Lucky Bag

From the 1931 Lucky Bag:


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From Find A Grave:

Ensign A. H. Irons, USN, was designated Naval Aviator #4039 in 1934. Graduated U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1931.

Married Mrs. Jane (Henson) Connelly, of San Diego, in 1933.

Lieutenant Irons, along with five other servicemen, died when their twin-engine PBY patrol plane crashed in flames after hitting the antennas of the Navy's long-range radio station located at Chollas Heights [California, near San Diego].

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. He was survived by his wife, two daughters (one of whom died in 2002), and son.

Unable to determine which unit he was a member of; the 1938 Navy Directory lists him at NAS Pensacola, Florida, and this list of PBY-3 Catalinas doesn't include a squadron (BuNo 0905).

Class of 1931

Alden is one of 51 members of the Class of 1931 on Virtual Memorial Hall.