From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Lester Kern '23

Date of birth: November 26, 1901

Date of death: November 24, 1943

Age: 41

Lucky Bag

From the 1923 Lucky Bag:


Lester was lost on November 24, 1943 when USS Liscome Bay (CVE 56) was torpedoed and sunk by a Japanese submarine.

He survived the sinking and was rescued by USS Morris (DD 417), but died shortly afterwards and was buried at sea.

Lester was a LCDR in the Navy Reserve, DVE-V(S), which was applied to "Officers of the Volunteer Reserve to the line for special service in deck and engineering duties." It's not clear what his duty aboard Liscome Bay was.

His wife was listed as next of kin; the following year she was residing in Baltimore.

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Henry Mullinnix '16, Irving Wiltsie '21, Finley Hall '29, Charles Ostrom '30, and George Williams '40 were also lost in Liscome Bay.

Class of 1923

Lester is one of 25 members of the Class of 1923 on Virtual Memorial Hall.