HAROLD J. VON WELLER, ENS, USNR
Harold Von Weller '33
Date of birth: December 29, 1909
Date of death: July 28, 1940
From the 1933 Lucky Bag:
From the 1953 edition of the book "Double Three Roundup," published by the class of 1933:
Shortly after graduation Von was commissioned Ensign in the Naval Reserve, and on 19 June 1934, he was transferred to the regular Navy. He served a year in the MINNEAPOLIS, and then a short period in the GREER before being ordered to Pensacola for flight training. He was designated Naval Aviator on 16 June 1937, and in that same year he married Virginia Clifford Pace of Pensacola.
From 1937 to 1939 he had duty as a pilot first with Patrol Squadron 14 and then Patrol Squadron 52. In July 1940 he reported for duty as a flight instructor at the Naval Air Station, Pensacola. A few days thereafter, while instructing a student, he was involved in an airplane accident. He died on 26 July 1940 at the Naval Hospital in Pensacola.
Virginia and Von had no children. She has since married A. J. Connell and is now living at 7 N. Kensington Road, Asheville, North Carolina.
Harold is buried in Florida.
Harold began his career aboard USS Minneapolis (CA 36); he is listed as a member of that ship's wardroom in the 1934, 1935, and 1936 Navy Directories. In the 1937 Navy Directory he is listed as "under instruction" at NAS Pensacola, Florida. He earned his wings as naval aviator #5248 on June 16, 1937. (Note he is listed as "USN" and his name is spelled "VONWELLER".)
In the 1938 Navy Directory he is a LTjg and serving with Patrol Squadron (VP) 14. In the 1939 and 1940 Navy Directories he is listed with Patrol Squadron (VP) 52, based at Norfolk, VA.
Memorial Hall Error
Harold was a LTjg and not a member of the reserves when he was lost.