From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Henry Batterton '23

Date of birth: March 31, 1900

Date of death: August 11, 1942

Age: 42

Lucky Bag

From the 1923 Lucky Bag:


Henry was lost on August 11, 1942 when a "signal depth charge" accidentally exploded off Port Angeles, Washington. It was reported he had been active in minesweeping and patrol duties.

He was survived by his wife and daughter, his mother, and his first wife (with whom he had no children). He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

The Register of Alumni gives "Port Angeles, WA" and his date of death. His loss was listed in the October 1942 issue of Shipmate: "HENRY DONALD BATTERTON, '23, Lt. Comdr., U.S.N. Died 11 August, 1942, off Port Angelus, Washington. Accidental explosion of signal depth charge."


His wife sponsored USS San Carlos (AVP 51).

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Henry divorced his first wife, Dorothy, in 1934. She later married his classmate, Louis Drexler, Jr. '23, who was killed in action in Okinawa.

Memorial Hall Error

Henry is not listed in Memorial Hall with his classmates.

He was identified through the diligent efforts of Leslie Poche, a volunteer who combed through Shipmate issues to find operational losses not accounted for in Memorial Hall.

Class of 1923

Henry is one of 25 members of the Class of 1923 on Virtual Memorial Hall.