FITZHUGH L. RHEA, LTJG, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Fitzhugh Rhea '24

Date of birth: May 25, 1903

Date of death: February 8, 1928

Age: 24

Lucky Bag

From the 1924 Lucky Bag:

Loss

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From Veterans Profile:

Lieutenant (JG) Fitzhugh Lee Rhea (5/25/1903-2/8/1928). Rhea was appointed to the US Naval Academy 7/23/1920 and graduated 6/4/1924. Rhea was one of the early naval aviators. Serving on USS OMAHA; USS LANGLEY; USS WOOD; USS KIDDER and USS WEST VIRGINIA as assistant fire control officer.

On February 8, 1928 while with Observation Squadron 4B Lt. Rhea was killed when his plane crashed about 35 miles off shore from Point Loma, CA. Lt Rhea was the son of Brigadier General James C. Rhea.

He earned his wings as naval aviator #3512 on September 16, 1929.

Fitzhugh was survived by his mother and sister. He has a memory marker in Virginia.


Class of 1924

Fitzhugh is one of 41 members of the Class of 1924 in Memorial Hall.