From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Alexander Byers '42

Date of birth: January 12, 1918

Date of death: February 20, 1957

Age: 39

Lucky Bag

From the 1942 Lucky Bag:


From A-4

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. He was "survived by his wife, Elizabeth, a son, stepson, and step-daughter." (Information from April 1957 issue of Shipmate.)

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 of 1942

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