From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Elmer Kiehl '20

Date of birth: April 16, 1897

Date of death: April 2, 1945

Age: 47

Lucky Bag

From the 1920 Lucky Bag:


Elmer was lost on April 2, 1945 when USS Henrico (APA 45) was struck by a kamikaze during the invasion of Okinawa. He was the embarked commanding officer of Transport Division 50.

His wife was listed as next of kin; he was also survived by two sons, William and Elmer (USNA 1947), who retired from the Navy as a Captain.


Elmer's "fore & aft" hat and Lieutenant Commander epaulets were up for auction in February 2017.

Class of 1920

Elmer is one of 27 members of the Class of 1920 on Virtual Memorial Hall.