EDWARD H. SEILER, JR., CAPT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Edward Seiler, Jr. '39

Date of birth: August 13, 1918

Date of death: December 4, 1958

Age: 40

Lucky Bag

From the 1939 Lucky Bag:


Loss

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From Find A Grave:

Lieutenant (Junior Grade) E. H. Seiler, USN was designated Naval Aviator #11545 in 1942. Graduated from U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1939. Captain Seiler was killed, along with with Navy Capt. William Alvah Thorn (NA #4146/1935), when the twin-engined JRB Beechcraft they were flying crashed into the Potomac River shortly after taking off from NAS Anacostia, Wash., D.C.

Captain Seiler was survived by his widow, Mrs. Madeleine Monju Seiler, two daughters and two sons.

From the January 1959 issue of Shipmate:

We regret to announce the death of Capt. E. H. SEILER, USN, on 4 December in Washington, D. C, as a result of an air- plane accident. At the time of his death he was attached to the office of the Anti-Submarine Warfare Readiness Executive Office, of the Office of Naval Operations. Captain Seiler lived at 5616 Colfax Ave., Alexandria. He is survived by his widow, Madeleine, and four children, Madelyn, 15 ; Susan, 12; Edward H., III, 9; and Stephen, 4. Burial was in New Orleans, La.

Career

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From the 1956 cruise book from USS Lexington (CV 16):

Executive Officer, Edward H. Seiler, Jr., Commander, USN

Born in New Orleans, still his home, on Aug 13, 1918, Cdr. Seiler from the US Naval Academy in 1939, began career on old LEX (CV-2), became naval aviator in 1942, later skippered Patrol Bomber Squadron 207, progressed to Exec of NAS, Norfolk, then assumed present duty on June 15, 1956. He has four children and two nicknames.

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From the 1957 cruise book from USS Lexington (CV 16):

Executive Officer, Edward H. Seiler, Jr., Commander, USN

Commander Seiler was born in New Orleans, still his home, on August 13 and graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1939. Beginning his naval career as a junior officer aboard the "Old" LEXINGTON (CV-2), he was designated a naval aviator in 1942 and from July 1944 to January 1945 was Commanding Officer of Patrol Bomber Squadron 207.

After serving two years as Executive Officer of Air Transport Squadron 22, he attended the Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va., from which he graduated in June 1950.

Tours of duty with CNATRA Staff and Fleet Air Wings Atlantic Staff were followed by his assignment to NAS Norfolk as Operations Officer and subsequently as Executive Officer. Commander Seiler returned to the LEXINGTON in 1956 as Executive Officer. He was relieved by Commander Frank Malinasky on 2 September 1957.

Related Articles

William Thorn '32 was also lost in this crash.

Navy Directories & Officer Registers

The "Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps" was published annually from 1815 through at least the 1970s; it provided rank, command or station, and occasionally billet until the beginning of World War II when command/station was no longer included. Scanned copies were reviewed and data entered from the mid-1840s through 1922, when more-frequent Navy Directories were available.

The Navy Directory was a publication that provided information on the command, billet, and rank of every active and retired naval officer. Single editions have been found online from January 1915 and March 1918, and then from three to six editions per year from 1923 through 1940; the final edition is from April 1941.

The entries in both series of documents are sometimes cryptic and confusing. They are often inconsistent, even within an edition, with the name of commands; this is especially true for aviation squadrons in the 1920s and early 1930s.

Alumni listed at the same command may or may not have had significant interactions; they could have shared a stateroom or workspace, stood many hours of watch together… or, especially at the larger commands, they might not have known each other at all. The information provides the opportunity to draw connections that are otherwise invisible, though, and gives a fuller view of the professional experiences of these alumni in Memorial Hall.

October 1939

Ensign, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LT Clair Miller '29, ENS Otto Kolb, Jr. '36, ENS Allan Wussow '39, ENS Edward Price '39, and ENS Frank Kolb, Jr. '39.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Charles Crommelin '31 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 2), LTjg Burden Hastings '33 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 2), LTjg Clyde McCroskey, Jr. '35 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 2), and LTjg Richard McGowan '35 (Torpedo Squadron (VT) 2).

June 1940

Ensign, USS Winslow

November 1940

Ensign, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LT Louis Shane, Jr. '26, LTjg Robert Fair '33, ENS Allan Wussow '39, ENS Edward Price '39, and ENS Willard Sampson '40.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Clair Miller '29 (Torpedo Squadron (VT) 2), LT Baylies Clark '30 (Torpedo Squadron (VT) 2), LT Charles Crommelin '31 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 2), LTjg Robert Isely '33 (Torpedo Squadron (VT) 2), LTjg Clyde McCroskey, Jr. '35 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 2), LTjg Joel Davis, Jr. '35 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 2), LTjg John Hunter '36 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 2), LTjg Raymond Moore '37 (Torpedo Squadron (VT) 2), and LTjg Thomas Edwards, Jr. '37 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 2).

April 1941

Ensign, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LT Louis Shane, Jr. '26, LTjg Robert Fair '33, ENS Allan Wussow '39, ENS Edward Price '39, and ENS Willard Sampson '40.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Donald Lovelace '28 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 2), LT Weldon Hamilton '28 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 2), LT Clair Miller '29 (Torpedo Squadron (VT) 2), LT Charles Crommelin '31 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 2), LTjg Joel Davis, Jr. '35 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 2), LTjg John Hunter '36 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 2), LTjg Raymond Moore '37 (Torpedo Squadron (VT) 2), LTjg Thomas Edwards, Jr. '37 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 2), ENS Harry Bass '38 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 2), ENS Leonard Thornhill '38 (Torpedo Squadron (VT) 2), and ENS Roy Hale, Jr. '38 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 2).


Class of 1939

Edward is one of 77 members of the Class of 1939 on Virtual Memorial Hall.