From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Joseph Severyns, Jr. '20

Date of birth: July 19, 1896

Date of death: April 4, 1933

Age: 36

Lucky Bag

From the 1920 Lucky Bag:


Joseph was lost when the airship USS Akron (ZRS 4) crashed off the coast of New Jersey on April 4, 1933.

From Find A Grave:

Joseph Hubert Severyns was the son of Joseph Hubert Severyns and Mary Francois DeWitte. On November 25, 1921 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Joseph married Marjorie Kohlman.

LT Severyns was a guest aboard the USS Akron when it went down over the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of New Jersey. His body was lost at sea.

He was designated naval aviator #3650 in 1930.

Akron's executive officer, LCDR Herbert V. Wiley '15, one of only three survivors, was filmed shortly after the crash:

Memorial Hall Error

Joseph was a "Jr.," this suffix is omitted from Memorial Hall.

Class of 1920

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