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:


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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.


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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.

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William Thorn '32 was also lost in this crash.

Class of 1939

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