From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Claud Hughes '30

Date of birth: June 1, 1906

Date of death: September 9, 1937

Age: 31

Lucky Bag

From the 1930 Lucky Bag:


From The Baltimore Sun on September 10, 1937:

Navy Air Officer Died of Injuries in Crash

Lieut. Claud W. Hughes, Victim At Pensacola, Was Prominent In Academy Athletics

Washington, Sept. 9 (AP)— The Navy Department announced today the death at Pensacola, Fla., of Lieut Claud W. Hughes from injuries received in an airplane crash at the Naval Air Station there on September 7.

His wife and one child survive.

Was Athlete At Academy
Annapolis, Sept. 9 (AP)— Lieut Claud W. Hughes was a winner of the Thompson athletic trophy at the Naval Academy and had served as coach. He was center on the Navy football team in 1927, '28 and '29 and was captain of the Navy wrestling team in 1930. He was assistant coach in 1930 and line coach of the Navy B squad in 1935.

Claud was an "instructor at Squadron 2 and the station football coach;" the student pilot aboard was injured but seems to have survived.

He was also survived by five brothers and sisters and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


He earned his wings as naval aviator #4012 on March 22, 1934. The 1936 and 1937 Navy Directories list him as serving aboard USS Quincy (CA 39).

He was the 1930 recipient of the Naval Academy's Thompson Trophy Cup, "Presented to the midshipman declared by the Association's Athletic Committee to have done the most during the year for the promotion of athletics at the Naval Academy."

Class of 1930

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