From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Harold Shrider '37

Date of birth: March 9, 1914

Date of death: December 23, 1941

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1937 Lucky Bag:


From Find A Grave:

Lt. Harold Shrider, 27, U.S.N., husband of the former Harriet Hoenig, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis J. Hoenig, Tudor Arms apartments, was killed in the crash of his plane at sea, Mrs. Shrider was advised last night. Mrs. Shrider had just returned from the west coast with her parents.

According to official information Lt. Shrider perished when his plane crashed into the sea as it took off from an airplane carrier. His gunner also was killed. The bodies were not recovered and memorial services were held at sea aboard the carrier.

Lt. Shrider was son of the late Mr. and Mrs. fohn H. Shrider of Fremont, Neb. A sister, Mrs. Roy Mills lives at Beatrice. He was graduated from Iowa State college and the United States Naval Academy. He completed his course at the Pensacola, Fla., naval aviation training school.

Lt. and Mrs. Shrider were married a year ago.

Harold was a member of Scouting Squadron (VS) 3, flying from USS Saratoga (CV 3); the date of the crash was December 23, 1941. His wife was listed as next of kin.


Harold reported to NAS Pensacola for flight training on June 30, 1939 as an Ensign. He was promoted to LTJG on June 3, 1940; on July 22, 1940 he was designated naval aviator #6562. (Information from Richard Leonard, naval aviation historian.)

Memorial Hall Error?

Harold is not listed on the killed in action panel in the front of Memorial Hall. While not an obvious error, inclusion on the panel for crashes like this—which appears to be incidental to a combat flight—has been inconsistent across WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

Class of 1937

Harold is one of 45 members of the Class of 1937 on Virtual Memorial Hall.