ALEXANDER D. C. BYERS, CDR, USN

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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: January 12, 1918
Date of death: February 20, 1957
Age: 39

Lucky Bag

1942 Byers LB.jpg

From the 1942 Lucky Bag:

ALEX DAVID CHAPMAN BYERS

Alex, A.D.C.

St. Louis, Missouri, lost a good man when Alex decided to join the Navy. The last word and the last second before the late bell are as valuable to him as a week-end dragging. Although he tried his eagle eye at small bore his first two years, good sailor that he is, he received his letter in sailing. Conversation around Alex will never lag, nor will he lack friends, especially of the fairer sex.

Soccer 4; Small Bore Rifle 4, 3, r42t; Sailing 4,3, 2, 2, sNg; 2/c P.O.; Boat Club 4, 3, 2, 1; Radio Club 4,3,2, 1; C.P.O.

The Class of 1942 graduated on December 19, 1941, less than two weeks after the United States entered World War II. The class had previously been scheduled to graduate in February 1942.

Loss

From A-4 Skyhawk.net:

February 20, 1957: Cdr. Alexander D. C. Byers, CO, was killed when his A4D-1 BuNo 142147 crashed into San Francisco Bay about one mile south of International Airport. The plane apparently developed engine trouble at a low altitude and he ejected, but the chute failed to open completely before he hit the water.

He was commanding officer of Attack Squadron (VA) 153 at the time. (It had been renamed after he took command; was previously Fighter Squadron (VF) 153.) The squadron had only completed transition to the new aircraft the previous week.

Alexander is buried in Tennessee.

Wartime Service

In August of 1943 he was a part of the commissioning crew of USS Colahan (DD 658). It seems he served aboard until the end of the war.


Class Navigation

Class of 1942
Alexander is one of 82 members of the Class of 1942 in Memorial Hall.
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