From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Jesse Elliott, Jr. '37

Date of birth: August 5, 1915

Date of death: November 28, 1942

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1937 Lucky Bag:


Jesse was one of 492 people killed in a fire at the Cocoanut Grove nightclub on November 28, 1942.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, with his wife, who was also killed in the fire.


Jesse was promoted to LTJG on June 3, 1940; on February 26, 1941 he was designated naval aviator #7196. On January 2, 1942 he was promoted to LT; me reported to Cruiser Scouting Squadron (VCS) 7 as detachment officer in charge (OIC) aboard USS Tuscaloosa (CA 37) on November 8, 1942. (Information from Richard Leonard, naval aviation historian.)

Memorial Hall Error

Jesse's loss was not operational in nature, and he should not be included in Memorial Hall. At least three other alumni (John Peter Paikos '43, Carl Benson Russell '43, and W. Robert Norton '44) were also lost in this fire and are not in Memorial Hall. (Information from January & February 1943 issues of SHIPMATE.)

Class of 1937

Jesse is one of 45 members of the Class of 1937 in Memorial Hall.