From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Henry Becker '43

Date of birth: December 23, 1919

Date of death: September 5, 1942

Age: 22

Lucky Bag

Henry Louis Becker is listed with 195 others below this inscription:

NOT ALL OF US who joined the Class of '43 stayed with us to that one broad stripe. Many fell at the end of plebe year, the casualty list mounted at the end of youngster year and a very few left us when the course was almost run. Reasons were varied and diverse: academic tangles, physical disabilities, civilian leanings.... Many went into civilian occupations, some were drafted, others became flyers and a few volunteered for foreign military service. Some left us early, many stayed for a long while, but none will be forgotten.

He was "deficient in studies, first term's work. Recommended to be dropped. Permitted to resign" from the Naval Academy on February 10, 1940.

Naval Academy Register

Henry Louis Becker was admitted to the Naval Academy from Ohio on June 7, 19939 at age 19 years 5 months.


From the September 1944 issue of Shipmate:

HENRY LOUIS BECKER, '43, Ensign, USNR. Killed in plane crash at Naval Base, Coronado, California, 5 September 1942, flying S. B. D. Dauntless Dive Bomber.

He earned his wings as naval aviator #13563 on May 20, 1942.

Henry is buried in Ohio and was survived by his parents.

Memorial Hall Error

Henry is not listed 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 1943

Henry is one of 83 members of the Class of 1943 on Virtual Memorial Hall.