LEWIS H. MAXFIELD, CDR, USN
Lewis Maxfield '07
Date of birth: November 19, 1883
Date of death: August 24, 1921
From the 1907 Lucky Bag:
From Together We Served:
Comdr. Louis H. Maxfield, U.S.N., who was in charge of the U.S. Rigid Air Detachment in training at Howden, and who was to be the Commanding Officer of the ill-fated airship on the flight to America, was born in 1883 at St. Paul, Minnesota. He entered the Naval Aviation service in 1914, and was promoted to Temporary Commander in 1918. During the War he was in command of the U.S. Naval Station at Painbaeuf, France, and served with distinction. During a flight in the French airship "Capitaine Caussin" he dived overboard from a great height and rescued an enlisted man who had fallen overboard. Comdr. Maxfield was decorated by the Italian Red Cross with a silver medal for distinguished work during the Messina earthquake, with the French Naval Life-saving Medal (Silver), was an Officer of the Legion of Honour, and was decorated by the U.S. Government with the Navy Cross and the Victory Medal.
He was designated Naval Aviator #17 (LTA) in 1915.
Louis was survived by his wife and two children; he is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Memorial Hall Error
The Lucky Bag, his headstone, and all contemporary references spell his name "Louis." Memorial Hall has "Lewis."