CHARLES E. DETERDING, JR., LTJG, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Charles Deterding, Jr. '40

Date of birth: November 5, 1916

Date of death: August 17, 1943

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

From the 1940 Lucky Bag:

Loss

Charles was lost in an aircraft as a passenger near Kodiak, Alaska, on August 17, 1943.

From Wartime Press, this undated passage:

Plane With 14 Missing in Alaska - A U.S. Navy plane with a crew of four and ten passengers enroute from Kodiak to Whitehorse, Alaska was reported overdue by the Navy Department, which notified next of kin of those aboard that the crew and passengers were missing. The flight was a routine one from Kodiak to Seattle, Wash. Three planes started on the trip and were forced to fly by instrument soon after taking off. Two made their way through the bad weather to Whitehorse. Naval aircraft have been making searches for the missing plane and other agencies were asked to assist in the search.

Those aboard the missing plane were Commander Joyce A. Ralph, USN; Lieut. Comdrs. Burton Lee Doggett, USN, Jerome H. Sparbo. USNR and Paul H. Tobelman, USN; Captain Arthur Barrows. USMC; Lieuts. Joseph A. Crook, USN and Thomas E. Johnson. Jr. (ChC), USN; Lieuts. (j.g.) Thomas G. Cherikos, USNR. Charles E. Deterding, USN and Jay A. Noble, Jr.. USN: Ensign Charles L. Mixon, USNR; Charles E. Barber. ACRM. USN; H. A. Scott, ACRM, USN, and C O. Walton, AMM2c. USN.

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Jay Noble, Jr. '40 was also lost in this crash.


Class of 1940

Charles is one of 89 members of the Class of 1940 in Memorial Hall.