BENTON W. DECKER, JR., LCDR, USN
Birthdate & Date of Loss
|Date of birth:||December 1, 1922|
|Date of death:||May 28, 1959|
From the 1945 Lucky Bag:
Benton Weaver Decker, Jr.
San Diego, California
Ben, the fifth generation to become an officer in the Navy, "who climbed the rigging like his daddy used to do," an out and out Red Mike, was happiest when sailing—anything from his dinghy to his yawl, or the LIGHT.
When not sailing he was usually raiding his mother's ice box with forty or fifty classmates.
Always a section leader, "Deck" was perhaps better known for his "but, Sir." And then there was the time no one could find the third company guidon. Ben hated swing, loved light opera, and the Navy. His heart is in it and he'll go a long way.
Soccer 4; Battalion Golf 4; Spanish Club 4, 3, 1; Boat Club 1
He was a member of the 3rd Company staff (1st set).
The Class of 1945 was graduated in June 1944 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.
Benton's father was a 1920 US Naval Academy graduate; he was twice awarded the Legion of Merit and retired a Rear Admiral.
|Class of 1945|
|Benton is one of 58 members of the Class of 1945 in Memorial Hall.|
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