From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Byron Newell '30

Date of birth: November 15, 1909

Date of death: October 26, 1942

Age: 32

Lucky Bag

From the 1930 Lucky Bag:


Byron was lost on October 26, 1942, when USS Hornet (CV 8) was sunk following severe damage from repeated Japanese air attack at the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands.

His wife was listed as next of kin.


USS Newell (DE 322) was named for Byron; the ship was sponsored by his widow. The ship had a long and distinguished career in both the Navy and Coast Guard.


From USS Bainbridge association:

Admiral Newell’s father, LCDR Byron B. Newell, a 1930 graduate of the Naval Academy, was killed in action on board the USS Hornet in the Battle of the Santa Cruz on Oct 26, 1942. Admiral Newell’s son, Captain Robert D. Newell, USN, a graduate of the NROTC program at Auburn University, retired in 2009 after 24 years of active duty. Captain Rob Newell’s final assignment was Deputy Chief of Information. In addition to his father ( USNA‘30), Admiral Newell’s brother, John (‘57), two Uncles, James Harold (‘34) and William Carl (‘48A), a nephew, James H Newell, Jr.(63)and son in law, Edwin Bruce Watts (‘80), all graduated from the Naval Academy. His granddaughter, Caroline Watts, is a midshipman at the Naval Academy. She will graduate in 2018. His nephew, Justin Newell, will graduate in 2021.

The great-grandchildren mentioned above, Caroline '18 and Justin '21, spoke of Byron in the 2017 USNA Alumni Association video commemorating the Honoring Our Fallen Heroes event:

Class of 1930

Byron is one of 42 members of the Class of 1930 on Virtual Memorial Hall.