BENJAMIN GHETZLER, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Benjamin Ghetzler '31

Date of birth: September 19, 1907

Date of death: October 31, 1941

Age: 34

Lucky Bag

From the 1931 Lucky Bag:

Loss

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Benjamin was lost when USS Reuben James (DD 245) sunk by a torpedo attack from German submarine U-552 near Iceland on October 31, 1941.

He had no one listed as next of kin. He has a memory marker in Texas — its inscription reads in part "beloved son and brother."

He had likely not been aboard Reuben James for very long; the April 1, 1941 Navy Directory lists him as aboard USS Goff (DD 247).


Class of 1931

Benjamin is one of 50 members of the Class of 1931 in Memorial Hall.