From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Francis Maile, Jr. '15

Date of birth: January 1, 1892

Date of death: January 28, 1939

Age: 47

Lucky Bag

From the 1915 Lucky Bag:


From The New York Times on January 30, 1939:

NEWPORT, R.I., Jan. 28.--Commander Francis M. Maile Jr. died of "acute heart failure," brought on by his being thrown into the water after he had set down his seaplane today off the naval air base at Gould Island, Narragansett Bay.

He was "taxiing to a landing ramp at the naval station" when his plane capsized. The date of his loss was January 26, 1939.

He had been rescued from drowning in the incident.


Francis' last name is sometimes spelled without the "E", including in the Lucky Bag, the Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps of 1918 and on this large family headstone and the headstone of his brother. Memorial Hall has it, apparently correctly, with the "E", as is on his own headstone.

Class of 1915

Francis is one of 18 members of the Class of 1915 on Virtual Memorial Hall.