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, embarked aboard USS LST 918.

His wife was listed as next of kin; they were married 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.

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)
Service: Navy
Rank: Commander

Family

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

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His wife's first husband, Henry Batterton '23, died in a depth charge accident in 1942.


Class of 1923

Louis is one of 25 members of the Class of 1923 on Virtual Memorial Hall.