FRANK C. FECHTELER, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Frank Fechteler '18

Date of birth: July 8, 1897

Date of death: September 18, 1922

Age: 25

Lucky Bag

From the 1918 Lucky Bag:

The Class of 1918 was graduated on June 28, 1917 due to World War I.

Loss

From Find A Grave:

Lieutenant F. C. Fechteler, USN, was designated Naval Aviator #2883 in 1920. Graduated U. S. Naval Academy in 1917 (one year early due to the World War), Class of 1918. While preparing to compete in the Pulitzer Trophy Race of 1922, LT Fechteler was killed in an airplane crash [on September 18, 1922] at Selfridge Field, Mich. He was the son of Rear Admiral Augustus Francis Fechteler, USN, (USNA, Class of 1877) who passed away in 1921.

Frank is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Namesakes

USS Fechteler (DE 157) was named for both Frank and his father; the ship was sponsored by Frank's niece.

USS Fechteler (DD 870) was named for them both as well; the ship was again sponsored by Frank's niece.


Class of 1918

Frank is one of 14 members of the Class of 1918 in Memorial Hall.