LOUIS A. DREXLER, JR., CDR, USN
Louis Drexler, Jr. '23
Date of birth: October 2, 1899
Date of death: May 12, 1945
From the 1923 Lucky Bag:
Louis was lost on May 12, 1945 when he was killed by a sniper at Okinawa. He was the commanding officer of LST Group Forty-Seven, embarked aboard USS LST 918.
Louis is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
LST Group 47 War Diary
From USS LST 918, Flagship. 1-15 May 1945. Commander LST Group 47 in USS LST 918 at KERAMA RETTO under CTG 51.15 (ComPhibGroupSEVEN) with ship acting as Naval ammunition storage and resupply vessel. No other ships under this command at this time. On 12 May, Commander Louis A. DREXLER, Jr., USN, Commander LST Group 47, was killed in action.
A report of changes in personnel to the group staff noted he was "killed in action on Aka Shima, Kerama Retto; remains interred in U.S. Armed Forces Cemetery, Zamami Shima, Kerama Retto. 5/13/45."
Legion of Merit
From Hall of Valor:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Commander Louis Ashton Drexler, United States Navy, was awarded the Legion of Merit (Posthumously) for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Commander of a group of Tank Landing Ships, and of landing craft task units at Lingayen, Nsugbu, Kerama Retto, Leyte and Ie Shima, during World War II.
General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 356 (November 1946)
His brother, Henry Drexler '24, was lost in a gun explosion aboard USS Trenton (CL 11) in 1924.
His wife's first husband, Henry Batterton '23, died in a depth charge accident in 1942.