From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Eli Roth '37

Date of birth: December 25, 1915

Date of death: January 30, 1943

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1937 Lucky Bag:


Eli was lost when USS La Vallette (DD 448) was struck by a torpedo on January 30, 1943 during the Battle of Rennell Island. He was the damage control and engineering officer. Twenty-one other men were killed in the attack.

His wife was listed as next of kin; they are buried together in Hawaii.

Another officer, LTjg Chuck Witten, wrote that Eli had a son born shortly after they had left for the war. Chuck visited Eli's widow and child at some point later while on leave.

Class of 1937

Eli is one of 45 members of the Class of 1937 on Virtual Memorial Hall.