HOWARD M. LAMMERS, CAPT, USN
Howard Lammers '08
Date of birth: February 9, 1888
Date of death: July 24, 1942
From the 1908 Lucky Bag:
From Asbury Park Press (New Jersey) on July 25, 1942:
Naval Captain Killed
NEW DELHI. India. (Delayed) (UP) Capt. Howard M. Lammers, United States naval liaison officer at Colombo, Ceylon, was killed today in the crash of an R.A.F. plane [near Bangalore, India]. The United States commission here was informed the plane struck a hill upon flying out of a cloud formation. Captain Lammers was about 48 years old. He had served in Colombo 18 months.
Though retired on June 30, 1934 as a Commander, he had been on active duty (as a temporary Captain) for nearly 1 year and 5 months as of the July 1, 1942 Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps of 1942. He is not listed on the Navy overseas casualties of WWII.
Another book mentions him in Colombo, and also states that he was once executive officer of USS California (BB 44).
It appears that Howard was interviewed on a radio program in December 1939. He was "chief of the amusement committee" for the 1939 New York World's Fair.
Memorial Hall Error
Howard should be included in Memorial Hall with his classmates. (Another retired-on-active-duty officer, Joseph Murphy '09 is included 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.