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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: October 7, 1916
Date of death: May 17, 1950
Age: 33

Lucky Bag

1939 Cooke, L LB.jpg

From the 1939 Lucky Bag:



Lem, Dusty, Cookie

His transition from the red hills of Mississippi to the banks of the Severn was the realization of Dusty's dreams. At first he was slightly disappointed to know he had to study so hard and so often in order to be a Naval officer. However, these few academic worries did not prevent his participation in athletics. A fitting name given him by the sports writers, "Navy's backfield find," describes his rapid climb to fame in football, made during second class year. Baseball, next to dragging, is the sport he likes best, and his performances on the diamond are always admirable. His good disposition is evidenced by his many friends. Truly a Southern Gentleman, he is a man of whom the Navy can well be proud.

Football 4, 3, 2, 1, N; Baseball 4, 3, 2, 1, N*, Captain 1; 1 Stripe.


Unable to find details of Lem's loss, but he does appear on a list of aviators involved in an accident or incident.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Unable to find citation for his Distinguished Flying Crosses (listed on gravestone).

Wartime Service

Lem was a member of Fighting Squadron (VF) 17 for at least some portion of the period from October 1943 until he departed in December 1943.

Class Navigation

Class of 1939
Lemuel is one of 75 members of the Class of 1939 in Memorial Hall.
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