ERNEST A. WEICHERT, ENS, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Ernest Weichert '99

Date of birth: 1877

Date of death: April 13, 1904

Age: ~26

Lucky Bag

From the 1899 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Ernest was lost on April 13, 1904 when the port 12" gun in the aft turret aboard Missouri (Battleship No. 11) flared backwards, ignited three propellant charges, and started a fire. Thirty-five others were also lost. He was stationed aboard the cruiser Cleveland but was aboard Missouri as a gun umpire.

He is buried in Connecticut.

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William Davidson '95, Thomas Ward, Jr. '03, and William Neumann '03 were also lost in this incident.


Class of 1899

Ernest is one of 4 members of the Class of 1899 in Memorial Hall.