From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Joseph Severyns '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.

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William Moffett '90, Fred Berry '08, Henry Cecil '10, Frank McCord '11, Harold Maclellan '18, George Calnan '20, Richard Cross, Jr. '21, Herbert Wescoat '23, Robert Sayre '24, Charles Callaway '24, Hammond Dugan '24, Charles Miller '25, Morgan Redfield '26, Wilfred Bushnell '26, and Cyrus Clendening '27 were also lost aboard Akron.

Class of 1920

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