LEVI C. BERTOLETTE, CDR, USN
Levi Bertolette '87
Date of birth: July 4, 1866
Date of death: January 24, 1912
The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.
Levi Calvin Bertolette was admitted to the Naval Academy from Delaware on September 4, 1883 at age 17 years 2 months.
Levi died of yellow fever on January 24, 1912 in Guayaquil, Ecuador, while commanding officer of USS Yorktown (Gunboat No. 1).
He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Naval Cadet, 4 September, 1883. Ensign, 1 July, 1889. Lieutenant, Junior Grade, 29 April, 1897. Lieutenant, 3 March, 1899.
He was commanding officer of USS Villalobos (Gunboat No. 42) beginning in April 1901 (as a Lieutenant).
As a LCDR he reported to the Naval Academy as a chemistry instructor in 1904; Chester Nimitz '05 has an entertaining story about meeting him in the March-April 1962 issue of SHIPMATE.
He was commanding officer of USS Philadelphia, then a receiving ship, from January 1910 to September 1911 (as a Commander).
He was commanding officer of USS Yorktown (Gunboat No. 1) from August 1911 until his death.