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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: January 23, 1921
Date of death: September 4, 1947
Age: 26

Lucky Bag

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From the 1944 Lucky Bag:

Alfred George Elpern

Reno, Nevada

The Smoky City was his home port, but visions of Nevada's sage-brush and sand lingered on. After two years of college at the University of Nevada, Al began his career at the Academy. Sleep was his most enjoyable pastime, but he found enough time for battalion crew and basketball. Al's ability to grasp a subject easily gave him plenty of time for pleasant sleep. Dragging was another highlight for him; with first class year came the chance to display his golfing ability, and he spent afternoons at the course. To him academics were "sheer fruit," and his natural ability will carry him to success.

The Class of 1944 was graduated in June 1943 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.


From Reno Gazette-Journal:

Navy Officer's Death Is Learned

Details of the death on Sept. 4 of Lt. Alfred G. Elpern, USN, were received here this week. The officer was on a night flight over Rhode Island in one of the navy's fastest planes when the instrument lights went out, and he met death in attempting to land. Lt. Elpern, 27 years old, was a former student at the University of Nevada where he was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity. He was appointed to the U. S. Naval Academy by Rep. James G. Scrugham, and was graduated in 1943. His war service included the invasions of southern France and Sicily. His widow is the former Mary Margaret Mason of Reno, a graduate of the University of Nevada, and they had been living at Westerly, R. I. His father, A. P. Elpern, formerly was sales manager of the Johnson Chevrolet Co. in Reno.

He is buried in Pennsylvania.

Alfred married Mary Margaret Mason in April 1945. The article mentioned he was then a naval aviator and earlier "took part in three major operations in the liberation of France."

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