FESTUS F. FOSTER, CAPT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Festus Foster '19

Date of birth: January 18, 1899

Date of death: March 3, 1945

Age: 46

Lucky Bag

From the 1919 Lucky Bag:

The Class of 1919 was graduated on June 6, 1918 due to World War I. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.

Loss & Biography

From Find A Grave:

Captain, USN s/n 37282. Graduated from U S Naval Academy in the class of 1919. Son of Festus R. Foster and Jennie Lillian C. Howe. He was killed in an air crash bringing USO performers from England to France, according to information provided by contributor Dwight "Andy" Anderson. He married Beatrice Michelson, the daughter of physicist Alfred A Michelson, first American to win a Nobel Prize for the sciences. One daughter, Barbara, and one son, Jeremy. Beatrice died in an automobile accident in Hamilton, Loudoun County, Virginia, in December 1972.

Captain Festus F. Foster (NSN: 0-37282), United States Navy, was awarded the Legion of Merit (Posthumously) for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States during World War II.

Festus was a passenger on C-47A #43-48223 that was assigned to the 1403rd Base Unit, U.S. Army Air Force.

Service and burial information from USNA Register of Alumni and U.S. Rosters of World War II Dead, 1939-1945.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

Legion of Merit

From Hall of Valor:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Captain Festus F. Foster (NSN: 0-37282), United States Navy, was awarded the Legion of Merit (Posthumously) for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States during World War II.

General Orders: American Battle Monuments Commission
Service: Navy
Rank: Captain


Class of 1919

Festus is one of 11 members of the Class of 1919 in Memorial Hall.