From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Arthur Thurston '19

Date of birth: October 27, 1895

Date of death: December 10, 1924

Age: 29

Lucky Bag

From the 1919 Lucky Bag:

The Class of 1919 was graduated on June 6, 1918 due to World War I. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.


From Find A Grave:

Lieutenant (JG) K. H. Roby, USN, was designated Naval Aviator #3163 in 1924. Graduated U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1921.


Three Others Injured When Huge, Twin-Motored Craft Hits Sea at San Diego

SAN DIEGO. Cal., Dec. 10 — Five officers and men of the aircraft squadrons of the battle fleet were killed here today in one of the worst accidents in naval aviation annals.

They were hurled in the ocean when the huge twin-motored, H-16 type of seaplane in which they had been engaged in machine gun practice, went into a dizzy spin from a height of about 1,200 feet.

Splinters from the wrecked plane were scattered over the sea for several hundred feet and all five of the men who were in the forward cockpit were killed instantly, it is believed. They were all carried below the waves and the bodies of those recovered were badly mangled.

"Lieutenant Thurston was born in Canada on Oct. 27, 1895, and was appointed to the Naval Academy from New Jersey on June 15, 1910. He came here only a few months ago from the naval air station at Pensacola."

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Kilburn Roby '21 was also lost in this crash.

Class of 1919

Arthur is one of 11 members of the Class of 1919 in Memorial Hall.