From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Horatio Sickel, IV '20

Date of birth: January 16, 1897

Date of death: July 31, 1944

Age: 47

Lucky Bag

From the 1920 Lucky Bag:


Horatio was lost in the crash of a Navy Air Transport Service PB2Y Coronado flying boat taking off from Funafuti Atoll in the Ellice Islands (now known as Tuvalu) on July 31, 1944.

He is buried in the Naval Academy Cemetery.

Legion of Merit

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Legion of Merit to Captain Horatio G. Sickel, IV, United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States during the occupation of French Morocco in November 1943. Landing under fire at Fedala, French Morocco, Captain Sickel commenced the installation of the naval operating base at Casablanca. Through ingenious employment of the limited facilities available, he soon had the harbor cleared out so that convoy ships could unload. His keen judgment and initiative contributed in large measure to the success of the operation.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 319 (October 1943)
Action Date: November 1942
Service: Navy
Rank: Captain

This citation is for his second Legion of Merit; unable to find citation for the first.


Horatio Sickel, V '44, his son, is also in Memorial Hall.

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Charles Cecil '16 was also lost in this crash.

Class of 1920

Horatio is one of 27 members of the Class of 1920 on Virtual Memorial Hall.