From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Levi Bertolette '87

Date of birth: July 4, 1866

Date of death: January 24, 1912

Age: 45

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.

Naval Academy Register

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.


From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

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.

Class of 1887

Levi is one of 2 members of the Class of 1887 on Virtual Memorial Hall.