From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Fletcher '11

Date of birth: November 24, 1889

Date of death: March 7, 1923

Age: 33

Lucky Bag

From the 1911 Lucky Bag:


John was lost on March 7, 1923 when he fell 80 feet through an open hatchway of the collier Orion. He was the ship's executive officer.

John is buried in the Naval Academy Cemetery.


John's father, William B. Fletcher, Sr., was a 1882 graduate and commanded U.S. Naval forces in Brest, France, during World War I.

One of John's brothers, Paul '14, died in a non-operational loss in 1940 while serving as a Commander. His other brother, William B. Fletcher, Jr. '21, retired as a rear admiral.

Paul's son—John's nephew— John Asserson Fletcher, III '48 was lost in a plane crash in 1953.

Class of 1911

John is one of 15 members of the Class of 1911 on Virtual Memorial Hall.