LOUIS A. DREXLER, JR., CDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Louis Drexler, Jr. '23

Date of birth: October 2, 1899

Date of death: May 12, 1945

Age: 45

Lucky Bag

From the 1923 Lucky Bag:

Loss

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. (This page could have more details; however, unable to access it because of a pay wall.)

His wife was listed as next of kin; they were married in 1942. (His wife was previously married to a classmate, Henry Batterton, who died in 1942.) He was also survived by two sons of a previous marriage, Louis III, and Clay (CDR, USCG retired).

Louis is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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)
Service: Navy
Rank: Commander

Family

His brother, Henry Drexler '24, was lost in a gun explosion aboard USS Trenton (CL 11) in 1924.


Class of 1923

Louis is one of 24 members of the Class of 1923 in Memorial Hall.